Community Service Day Helps Calvin College Students Get Out Of Their 'Comfort Zone'

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Inside the Cook Library Center on Grand Rapids’ southwest side Thursday afternoon, Elizabeth Austin followed along as 10-year-old Estelita Chajal handily made her way through several children’s books.

“She’s doing great,” said Austin, one of approximately 1,080 Calvin students who fanned out across Grand Rapids for community service projects as part of their orientation to the college. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Elsewhere, the freshmen and transfer students pulled weeds, knocked down a wall, cleaned up graffiti and helped out at Degage and Mel Trotter ministries.

StreetFest, now in its 20th year, helps introduce students to the city where they’ll be spending the next few years of their lives and drives home the importance of community service, said Calvin President Michael Le Roy.

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