All of the UMass Amherst Session 2 students checked out earlier today and were on the road beginning in the early morning hours as they headed to their next summer destination. It was an emotional 2 day goodbye as groups left for Logan Airport in Boston, the Peter Pan bus or were picked up by their family. As the sun sets here in western Massachusetts tonight, we officially close yet another wonderful, rewarding Summerfuel journey. Best wishes to everyone in their future endeavors and thank you for the memories!
The final night has come and gone, however, before our students departed we honored them with several awards at our final banquet including: Academic Excellence in the Classroom, Residential Living, Student Involvement & Community Service.
Although we heard rumbles of thunder in the distant sky after a very hot and humid day here in Amherst, no rain ever fell and we were able to kick off our final night festivities as the sun began to set. It was fun to get dressed up a bit after our PM class to head to a formal dinner together on the 11th floor of the Campus Center.
Last Friday night, the Amherst students dove into a fun mystery luau party as they tried to solve the whodunnit mystery game. It’s amazing to think that it was just a week ago today that we dressing up for the indoor beach party! Tonight, as we wrap up the program, we’ll be enjoying a dinner banquet together on the 11th floor of campus center, distributing various student awards, attending our final dance followed by some late night pizza and yearbook signing! Let the marathon of farewell festivities begin…
The Community Service workshop students finished out their last class by completing volunteer hours at the local food bank in Amherst.
It was a “Choose Your Group’s Adventure” day for the Leadership & Teambuilding workshop! The students had to navigate through several decisions over the course of the class period in order to land up at their final destination that they all unanimously agreed upon. In the end, it was the cows that brought them to the farm, better known as Flayvor’s Ice Cream.
Since it has typically been very hot in the 90s every day of the program, some of our sporting activities typically run after lunch were shifted to the evening hour after dinner. Last night, while enjoying smores and grilled dogs, students hit the sand volleyball court for several impromptu matches.
Tuesday’s late night program at UMass Amherst was Smores Under the Stars. Students gathered around a grill where we shared campfire memories, enjoyed some smores and mini-hot dogs. We played sand volleyball and some soccer to wind down our day. Weather was just perfect for the evening adventure just across the road from where we live on campus.