Luke 14 Fun Day on the Hill at Bryan College
By Bethany Austin Smith
During the annual All-College Service Day on Thursday, April 7, Bryan College hosted a Luke 14 Fun Day on the Hill event, in which seventy-five Rhea County school students with mental or physical disabilities came to campus for a fun day of outdoor games, carnival booths, and a special lunch program featuring a magic show.
Peter McKechnie, the Knoxville Area Director of Joni and Friends, began the day by training approximately 150 Bryan College students, faculty, and staff. After a breakfast send-off program for all Service Day volunteers, the day began for Fun Day on the Hill.
The Rhea County students, who are a part of Rhea County Comprehensive Development Class program, arrived at Bryan’s campus to a cheering tunnel. The students, paired with a “Bryan Buddy” for the day, were treated to a carnival in the gym where they could win prizes at each booth such as face painting and balloon animals. Next, the students played outdoor games with sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and parachute games.
While the students were with their Buddies, parents were treated to a day of rest, relaxation, and renewal in the campus library. Everyone then came together for a special luncheon, featuring magician Mitch Gravitte from Marvel Ministries and balloon creations by Caleb Gravitte of the Red Balloon Company.
Bryan College would like to send a special thanks to our sponsors for this year’s event, including the City of Dayton Utilities Grant Program, Hiwasee Packaging, Project Hometown Help from Middle Tennessee Natural Gas, Mike & Sharon Talbert, and the Volunteer Energy Cooperative Grant.
The Fun Day on the Hill is a part of the Bryan College Service Day. This year, 450 students, faculty, and staff took a day off from classes and served throughout Rhea County and the surrounding areas.