Service Event: Hannah's House Alumni Picnic


A group of Upward Bound students gathered at Potawatomi Park on an unseasonably cool, late August day to help Hannah’s House throw their annual alumni picnic bash. The students helped set up the event by unloading food and other items as directed by the Hannah’s House staff and by making goodie bags full of candy and small toys for the children attending the picnic. As the alumni arrived, the students greeted them and offered to entertain their children with crafts and games so that the adults could enjoy their meal. The students set up a craft table where the youngest guests at the picnic were able to make crafts with ‘the big kids’. When one child found a package of balloons among the craft supplies, drawing and paper crafts were abandoned in favor of balloon games.

Senior Upward Bound participant Tristan Freel went above and beyond by crafting custom Hannah’s House key chains using the laser at his laboratory internship. (His supervisor kindly helped him and donated the materials.) Tristan spent the entire picnic helping Hannah’s House alumni, staff, and children use wood stain and twine to personalize the key chains. The remainder of the key chains were sent with staff as students packed up after the picnic. Hannah’s House hopes to use them at future events.

After the Upward Bound students helped the Hannah’s House staff efficiently pack up the remaining food, goodie bags, and craft supplies, the service group was able to visit the Potawatomi Zoo alongside the Hannah’s House crew. The high school students had as much fun as the younger participants. For some, it was their first trip to the Potawatomi Zoo.

Thank you to Hannah’s House for allowing us to assist them with such a fun event!