LEAP Students Donate Easter Baskets To Senior Living Centers

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - by Merritt Jenkins, Lee University

Lee University students delivered Easter baskets to residents of three senior living centers as part of a LEAP service project.

The service project was designed for LEAP (Learn, Engage, Achieve Program) students and initiated by Dr. Angela Waltrip, LEAP community coordinator. Students put together Easter baskets containing sensory bottles, a wreath, a toy, and easter eggs with candy, and delivered them to Legacy Village of Cleveland, Dominion Senior Living in Athens, and Pruitt Health in Fort Oglethorpe.

“We are always thrilled to partner with Lee University,” said Tim Cook, Legacy Village’s executive director. “The Lee students have been excellent this year, and to go above and beyond for our residents is extremely meaningful to not only them but their families and our team as well.”

Each semester, LEAP provides a service project for Lee students to fulfill their service hour requirement. For the spring project, one student suggested making sensory bottles and Dr. Waltrip expanded the idea to have students make Easter baskets. According to Dr. Waltrip, many LEAP students work or have worked in nursing homes or have aging grandparents and felt drawn to this particular project.

“Understanding that this year has been particularly hard on individuals in nursing homes and their family members, the LEAP students wanted to reach out with a tangible expression of love,” said Dr. Waltrip. “The best way we could think of sharing this love was at Easter, knowing that our hope is in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise that God is with us. Our hope is that these Easter baskets were a reminder to the residents of God’s love.”

Dr. Waltrip and students raised $500 in donations for the project, and 50 students worked in two shifts preparing the baskets. Dr. Waltrip also invited the activities coordinator from Dominion, Mitzie Womack, to speak to the students about caring for nursing home patients and engaging in the required service reflection.

“Last year, I watched as quarantine and COVID restrictions negatively affected my grandfather in his last days of life,” said LEAP junior Haley Land. “He, as well as many other seniors, experienced some of their most lonely times, so having the opportunity to create these small gifts of love and appreciation felt like a small way to both honor the life of my granddad and give back to the senior community.”

LEAP started in 2015 and currently serves 140 first-generation or underrepresented students each year who meet the eligibility criteria. The program currently provides individual success coaching, peer mentors, direct student aid, financial aid counseling, financial literacy education, cultural and academic enrichment opportunities, and other personalized services according to individual students’ needs.


Tennessee General Assembly Makes Historic $250 Million Contribution To TCRS

Chattanooga Native Selected As 2021 Outstanding Master Of Arts In Teaching Student In Middle Grades Education At Augusta University

Ooltewah High School's Parent Advisory Council Observes Teacher's Appreciation Week Virtually


The 112th Tennessee General Assembly appropriated a historic one-time additional contribution of $250 million to the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System State and Higher Education plan. ... (click for more)

Angie Smith, of Chattanooga, was awarded Outstanding Master of Arts in Teaching Student in Middle Grades Education by the Augusta University College of Education. Ms. Smith, who is being ... (click for more)

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the members of the Ooltewah’s Parent Advisory Council held their 2nd Virtual Teacher’s Appreciation Week Celebration, during the week of May 3-7. Prior ... (click for more)



Student Scene

Tennessee General Assembly Makes Historic $250 Million Contribution To TCRS

The 112th Tennessee General Assembly appropriated a historic one-time additional contribution of $250 million to the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System State and Higher Education plan. The largest single contribution in the history of TCRS, this appropriation will further bolster the pension and help lower future recurring contributions, said offiicials. TCRS has been consistently ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Native Selected As 2021 Outstanding Master Of Arts In Teaching Student In Middle Grades Education At Augusta University

Angie Smith, of Chattanooga, was awarded Outstanding Master of Arts in Teaching Student in Middle Grades Education by the Augusta University College of Education. Ms. Smith, who is being inducted into Phi Kappa Phi next month, enjoyed a great deal of academic success at Augusta University. But her favorite class was Language Arts Best Practices, taught by Dr. Christi Pace, ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Roadtec, Inc. To Expand Chattanooga Operations With $6.2 Million Investment

Roadtec, Inc. officials announced on Wednesday that the paving equipment manufacturer will expand its operations in Chattanooga. Roadtec will invest $6.2 million to make building and site improvements and relocate its Washington operations to its headquarters in Tennessee. The project represents the creation of 128 new jobs in Hamilton County. Roadtec, a subsidiary of ... (click for more)

County Commissioners Anxious To Expand Number Of Officers At Hamilton County Schools

County Commission members said Tuesday they are anxious to expand the number of officers at county school campuses - even if it means using a number of security guards in addition to School Resource Officers. They said they are concerned that a tragic incident will occur on a local campus with no officer present - either from not being assigned one or from the SRO being called ... (click for more)

Opinion

Please Stop Calling Us “Latinx”

We’re asking nicely, because we think the use of the term has been mostly well-intentioned. But let’s start with some numbers: a mere 3 percent of Americans of Latin-American descent use “Latinx” to describe themselves. This is based on a 2020 Pew Research poll of about 3,000 American Latinos. Those who want for “Latinx” to become the default say it’s preferable because it’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Earn Life's "Free Lunches"

The worst debacle in our nation’s history, it is beginning to be proven, was when the United States was quarantined during the COVID-19 epidemic. Our economy – from employment to production – was stymied. Our next generation responded with virtually no education for an entire year and a surging teen suicide epidemic and the biggest profits that were made in the second half of 2020 ... (click for more)