Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service (CELTS)

Bonner Class of 2014

The Berea College Bonner Scholars Class of 2014 is fully engaged in the service and exploration that are part of the Bonner Scholars journey. This group of students began their first year with an orientation retreat that focused on an introduction to the Bonner Scholars Program and teambuilding exercises. Their training has continued with opportunities for personal reflection, a focus on mentoring and working with children and youth, and time to explore the Common Commitments of the Bonner Scholars Program – social justice, civic engagement, community building, spiritual exploration, international perspective and diversity.

The First-Year Bonners lead after-school mentoring and tutoring programs for three groups of local elementary and middle school students, two days a week. In addition to their regular programming and training, members of the Bonner Class of 2014 have found opportunities to explore other aspects of service and advocacy. Many of them attended Appalachia Rising in Washington, D.C., a national response to the practice of mountain-top removal coal mining, which included lobbying and marching through the streets of our nation’s capitol. The Bonner Class of 2014 also participated in the annual CELTS-sponsored, community-wide Hunger Hurts Food Drive. Others volunteer regularly with some of the CELTS Community Service programs.

One Bonner Scholar reflected, “So many doors have opened for me here at Berea. The Bonner Scholars program and the Bonner family have played an intricate part in my adapting to the whole college experience and being away from home.” Another member of the Bonner Class of 2014 stated, “As a Bonner Scholar, I feel empowered to become involved and take part in life-changing possibilities on the local, state, national and worldwide levels.”

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