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Rhodes Student Uses Music Background to Create Activities for Center in Chicago

Publication Date: 9/1/2010

Nicole Baker ’11 this summer created music activities for the Elam Davies Social Service Center in Chicago. She served as guest services coordinator for eight weeks registering guests, helping with food and clothing appointments and lunches, and organizing activities for the center’s social support group.

A music major and religious studies minor at Rhodes, Baker organized “Karaoke Kafe” to create a sense of community. Over 100 songs were offered. “I really liked seeing that everyone was supportive--cheering for each other, clapping, and listening,” she says.

Baker expanded the activity into a music reflection where participants listened to a variety of music, discussed what they heard and what it meant to them.

The Elam Davies Social Service Center is rooted in the vision of former Fourth Presbyterian Church Pastor Dr. Elam Davies and has served the Chicago community since 1983.

View photos of “Karaoke Kafe” posted on the center’s Facebook page.

Tags: Service, Students

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