Charis Wise | Volunteer

How many of us thought about being a cowboy or cowgirl as a kid? I for one can say I did, and with the theme for the 2018 Community Picnic being “Hoedown Showdown” we got to dress up the way we did when we were kids. There were many really fun games this year including a Wheelbarrow Race, a cow milking game (no real cows were involved), and Corn Hole. There was even a mechanical bull for the people who really wanted to embrace the rodeo experience. It looks like whether you’re College Help or full-time, you enjoy your games.

I was able to hang out and enjoy the games with both College Help students and community members who I don’t get to see every day. I really enjoyed competing against people in the cow milking game. I actually got to help run this game for an hour, and seeing College Help and Full-time community members all trying to fill their buckets and win helped me feel more a part of the USLI community. After working at USLI for two years, I feel like the positive energy, comradery, light hearted competitiveness, and smiling faces at the Community Picnic is a great representation of the USLI community as a whole.

There was also amazing food at the picnic! I could not stay away from the barbecued pulled pork and the cornbread. My only regret is that I didn’t get to try all the food. The day ended with some incredible line dancing and a friendly but tough best-dressed contest. Overall, I loved the 2018 Community Picnic theme, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the 2019 picnic.

Written by: Kylil Kee-Redmond