Not many college students are willing to spend their weekend at a daycare center. But that’s where Jordan Stecker ’21 was last Saturday, Jan. 26. At the Downtown Ithaca Children’s Center, he spent the day cleaning toys, setting up classrooms and organizing books.
“The acts of giving and commitment to the children, families and staff at DICC were rejuvenating," said Denise Gomber, executive director of the Downtown Ithaca Children's Center. "The Ithaca College students modeled humility, caring and hard work. Giving and receiving was experienced by all."
Stecker was just one of 76 Ithaca College students who took part in the college’s 14th annual Martin Luther King Day of Service, a day of giving back that serves as the final event in the college’s weeklong celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. Other service locations included the Tompkins County Public Library, Finger Lakes ReUse Center, Newfield United Methodist Church, New Roots Charter School, Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library and the Family Reading Partnership.
“Giving back to the community makes me feel really proud to be an Ithaca College student,” Stecker said. “I know in different communities, especially where I came from, giving wasn’t a big part of the atmosphere. At Ithaca, there’s always the aspect of helping others present, and I think it not only helps us grow emotionally but also intellectually because it helps us expand our knowledge of what happens in different places.”