Bush School Prepares for Holidays with Events, Service Projects

December 21, 2015

  Bush School Public Service Organization at one of their community service projects

The Bush School PSO at a community service project.

In the midst of the busy last weeks of the fall semester, students, faculty, and staff at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University are getting into the holiday spirit with special events and service projects.

Members of the Bush School Student Government Association (SGA) prepared and served a potluck meal for the custodial, landscaping, and food services staff at the School the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The meal included rotisserie chickens, stuffing, and other side dishes, along with desserts that included home-made apple pie. It was the SGA’s way of saying “thank you” to the services staff for all the hard work they do throughout the year.

Bush School students were also involved in community service projects coordinated by the Bush School Public Service Organization (PSO). Students took a break during the last week of classes to hang Christmas lights on the houses of elderly residents associated with Elder Aid, a nonprofit in Bryan that helps elderly citizens in the Brazos Valley remain independent by providing low-cost housing. During November, students delivered fall gift baskets prepared at the Bush School to elderly individuals involved with Elder Aid.

“I believe volunteering is at the core of being a public servant,” said Garrett McLeod, a Bush School student leading the community service project partnering with Elder Aid. “I came here to learn how to serve the American people. During my time at the Bush School, I hope to make at least a small impact on this great community.”

In preparation for the upcoming Relay for Life event in the spring, students held a bake sale with several holiday treats. Proceeds from the spring event will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

In addition to community service, students have been able to enjoy social gatherings, including an annual holiday breakfast hosted by the Bush School during the first week of finals. The evening before, several members of the Bush School community attended Martinis and Mistletoe, an annual, formal event hosted by the Bush School SGA celebrating the holidays.

Ryan Crocker, dean of the Bush School, said he enjoys seeing students engage in service during the holidays.

“It always inspires me to see students take time from their finals and end-of-the-semester activities to give back to their community through service projects,” said Crocker. “A commitment to service is what sets students at the Bush School apart, not just during the holidays but throughout the year.”

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