Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Students shine during service activities

Patrick Landers, Liz White, Chris Webb Patrick Landers, Liz White, Chris Webb

Braving a northeast wind bringing 30-degree temperatures and snow flurries, three hearty La Follette School students – Patrick Landers, Chris Webb and Liz White – assisted with the City of Madison Parks Division’s clean-up effort at Tenney Park on Saturday, April 27. The La Follette School Student Association (LSSA) arranged this and seven other service opportunities during the 2018–19 academic year.

The Tenney Park team weeded flower beds and walked throughout the park collecting garbage, displaying their commitment to the earth and future users of this urban green space on Madison’s near East Side.

Earlier this year, three to 10 students participated in each of these activities:

  • worked a shift at the River Food Pantry
  • gardened at Agrace Hospice Care
  • partnered with staff on a fierce Penny War that raised money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, People for Water, and Women in Transition
  • wrapped holiday gifts at Barnes & Noble, with their proceeds used to purchase gift cards for families supported by The Road Home
  • set up and took down a book sale at the Madison Public Library’s downtown branch
  • collected professional clothing donations for the SuccessWorks Career Closet, which benefits UW–Madison students in the College of Letters & Science in need of interviewing clothes
  • discussed professional development with students at Madison La Follette High School as part of the school district’s Academic and Career Planning Program

Excluding the 2018 and 2019 Penny Wars and Career Closet Donations, 16 graduating students participated in at least one service opportunity during their tenure at the La Follette School. At the La Follette School’s Graduation ceremony on May 12, LSSA will recognize nine of these graduating students for their participation in at least three community service opportunities.

“I am so grateful to every Bob who gave up some of their time to benefit others in the Madison community,” said Webb, who served as LSSA’s community service chair.