Approximately 2,100 Springfield College students, faculty, staff, and alumni took part in the 20th annual Humanics in Action Day on Thursday, Sept. 28, a day of community service throughout the city of Springfield.
More than 100 projects were fulfilled by College work groups who performed services for schools, churches, senior citizen facilities, child-care centers, community organizations, city agencies, and neighborhoods. There were educational projects for school children, including students reading to youngsters at local schools. The majority of the volunteers participated in many indoor and outdoor painting projects, clean-up/fix-up projects, landscaping, and a host of other indoor and outdoor services.
The day started with Springfield College Student Trustee Donavin Andrews leading the opening ceremonies at Blake Track, which included welcome addresses from both Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper and Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. Springfield College Professor of Computer Science and Physics, Emeritus Dr. Peter J. Polito delivered the keynote address to the students. It was the idea of Polito, then Springfield College Professor of Humanics, and leaders of the New Student Orientation program to revive and expand an event described in the 1918 Springfield College yearbook.
Humanics in Action Day highlights the commitment by Springfield College to year-round community-based service programs. Springfield College students contribute more than 120,000 hours of service to programs in schools, neighborhood organizations, and city programs.
Springfield College initiated Humanics in Action Day in September 1998. In the early years at the College, student work groups volunteered to improve the developing campus. Since 1998, Humanics in Action Day has been a day of service to the local community.