photo of Upward Bound students doing Easter weekend activities

Over Easter weekend, the MSU Upward Bound Program visited Woldumar Nature Center, a nature preserve that conducts multiple environmental education programs for the community.
Over Easter weekend, the MSU Upward Bound Program visited Woldumar Nature Center, a nature preserve that conducts multiple environmental education programs for the community. The center also has 178 acres of property that is available to the public for outdoor activities, such as hiking or sightseeing. The MSU Upward Bound students dedicated their Saturday morning to gardening and beautifying the main entrance to Woldumar Nature Center. The sun was shining, and it was a gorgeous day to give back to the community.

Terencio Scott has been a part of MSU Upward Bound for three years. He hopes to attend Michigan State University to study mechanical engineering. This event was Terencio’s first community service experience with MSU Upward Bound, and he really enjoys being outside. Alfredo, also pictured above, is a sophomore at Everett High School hoping to pursue an engineering degree, as well. This community service project was his first with MSU Upward Bound, as well. Both students had a great time getting to know new people while volunteering at the Woldumar Nature Center.

Not only did MSU Upward Bound give their students a chance to serve the community over Easter weekend, but they also took the students to see a Broadway performance at the Wharton Center. The play entitled, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, follows an intelligent young boy who struggles with mild autism, and his attempt at solving a puzzling mystery. Throughout the performance, the boy discovers many secrets about his family and has to cope with the feelings of great loss and deception. The themes of this play closely relate to many of the themes that the MSU Upward Bound students and other high school students face - independence, subjectivity, coping with loss and frustration. These ideas were explored throughout the performance, and the MSU Upward Bound students took to heart the lessons that were implied.

As spring turns to summer, Upward Bound will continue to introduce their students to new activities and concepts, and help them to grow as individuals. The students appreciate the opportunities that are presented to them, and the program will keep giving back to their students.