McMurry Students Visit Disability Resources Inc.

  Gary Ellison
  Friday, March 27, 2015 12:34 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Students from McMurry University Sociology Professor Dr. Greg Schneller’s Positive Psychology course visited residents of Disability Resources, Inc. (DRI) of Abilene on Thursday, March 26. DRI provides a group home and sheltered workshop environment for more than 50 intellectually disabled adults (known at DRI as “Folks”). 

Participating in the event were Kameron Evans, Candace Boehm, Matthew Newby, Lizzy Lehew, Willie Poindexter, Nick Marsh, Eric Yocham, Elizabeth McWhirter, Lynn Ceo, Sara Hathaway, and Stephan Murillo.

As part of a service learning activity,  Positive Psychology students purchased and filled over 300 plastic Easter eggs with fun stickers and Easter treats, then led DRI Folks in several Easter egg hunts.  The students also helped DRI Folks to colorfully decorate socks and provided “sock hop” music for the Folks to enjoy.  A joyful time was had by both DRI Folks and McMurry students.  As one student put it, “This was such an awesome experience that I will never forget. I learned a lot about intellectually disabled people. My life was also put into perspective, for which I am incredibly grateful! I am so glad that we did this project!” 

This is the second year that students from Positive Psychology have engaged in this service learning activity.


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