Hilbert’s Kenya Krew Collection Underway for Village Schoolchildren

Release Date:
April 4, 2012
Matt Heidt,

HAMBURG, N.Y. -- A school outside Nairobi for girls who have lost their parents to AIDS and a school in Kaloleni, one of the poorest areas in Kenya, will receive much-needed assistance from Hilbert College’s Kenya Krew traveling to the African country in May.

During the nearly three-week international service learning trip, the student and faculty group will be involved in several hands-on community projects to benefit village residents, as well as distribute donated items to students at the Kenya schools they will be visiting. In preparation for this effort, a variety of school supplies and personal items for girls are being collected, including gently used spring/summer clothing, gently used Hilbert apparel, sports jerseys, coloring books and crayons, pens and pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, nail polish, earrings, lip balm, and flip flops.
Items for donation may be placed throughout April in collection boxes located around Hilbert’s campus. Monetary donations will  gratefully be accepted at the office of Amy Smith, Ph.D., chairperson of the Arts & Sciences Division, at 161 Paczesny Hall.
Donations may also be dropped off at a spaghetti dinner and basket raffle being hosted by Hilbert’s Kenya Krew from 4:30-7 p.m. April 11 in the Campus Center Dining Hall. Dinners will be available for $9 per person. Proceeds from the dinner will support the service learning trip.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.