FM Recognizes Civility in Several Ways

April 30, 2014

President Swanger unveils The Civility Quilt to students and staff

President Swanger unveils The Civility Quilt to students and staff

On Tuesday, April 29, Fulton-Montgomery Community College staff and students came together to celebrate “Civility” with an afternoon of activities including the unveiling of “The Civility Quilt,” “One Day Without Shoes” bake sale, and “Bringing Out The Best In Each Other” workshop.

The Civility Quilt has been an ongoing effort of staff and students during the spring semester. Anyone interested was encouraged to create a “civility square;” the square could be sewn, painted, or even drawn on with what civility means to you. The squares were collected and pieced together to create The Civility Quilt now on display in the Classroom Building.

One Day Without Shoes is a global project aimed at raising awareness of children’s healthcare issues across the world. The students in the Essentials of Entrepreneurship class were inspired to join the effort after reading about a social entrepreneur who started the shoe company, TOMS. “Last year, 1,000 ‘One Day Without Shoes’ events across 50 countries were celebrated on the same day. This year, we are hoping to make it at least 1,001,” said Accounting and Business Instructor Mark Swain. Many on campus were inspired to go without shoes for the day. Funds were raised through a bake sale/popcorn sale, managed by the Entrepreneurship class, with all proceeds to benefit the two local YMCA charities that support children in need.

To wrap up the afternoon, everyone was invited to attend a “Bringing out the Best in Each Other” workshop; a workshop to support each another in reaching one’s full potential.

“Afternoons such as this are a terrific way to instill a sense of civility and respect for one another. It’s nice to see students and staff come together for such important causes,” said FM President Dr. Dustin Swanger.

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