Principia Student-Athletes Give Back to Community

Principia Student-Athletes Give Back to Community

ELSAH, ILL. -- The Principia College volleyball team and men's and women's cross country teams are working together this week to give back to the community. ,They started out the week with an afternoon and evening at Peace Haven Association, which is a Christian Science Nursing Facility and visiting Christian Science nursing service.

The two teams traveled to St. Louis, Missouri where the facility is located and then divided into two groups. ,One group participated in "nails for Nana" where a few of the girls painted the nails of some of the residents. ,This year there was quite an exceptional variety of nail polish colors for the ladies to choose from since freshman volleyball player, Zoe Mahler, brought her deluxe set from home! ,The ladies from Peace Haven loved the nail service and some of them participated in a game of balloon volleyball at the end.

The other group of volunteers headed outside to work on landscaping. ,It was a beautiful day outside and the group made quite a difference in the appearance of the outside of Peace Haven. ,They weeded and mulched the front beds and then also weeded and removed lots of brush from around and on top of the garage. ,Some students even stood up on the garage as they cut and removed the overgrown plants on the roof.

After a short dinner break the teams returned to Peace Haven to sign hymns to the residents as they settled into their normal bedtime routine. ,Senior captain Jessica Bushong commented, "Singing hymns with the members of Peace Haven was a very touching and joy-filled experience, the residents seemed very grateful that we came back to sing hymns...it mean a lot to all of us."

The week of giving continues as the team volunteers more later in the week! ,Check back for more stories on women's soccer, men's soccer and the volleyball and cross country teams!

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