Agents of Change: Chapin List Students Transforming our Community
The Chapin List comprises of those students who have shown reliable consistency in their community involvement, leadership ability, maturity of temperament, and problem-solving ability, as well as having the respect of the community. These students are deemed worthy of the community’s trust and are expected to act as student leaders and role models for the rest of the student body. Members of the Chapin List each conceptualize and complete a unique project that is aligned with their individual interests and designed to better the St. Andrew’s community. Three current members of the Chapin List spoke to us about their projects below:
Ese Eboigbe ‘17
My project focuses on the continuation of the Multicultural Club. I also put together a multicultural event in the Black Box Theater in May where students showcased cultural talents and shared their cultures with other students. My inspiration to do this project was my drive to help educate our community about different cultures and celebrate the various cultures we have on campus. I hope that the Multicultural Club and the multicultural event will urge our community to think not just about St. Andrew’s, Rhode Island, or even the U.S. My hope is that it sparks conversations about being a citizen of the world and, as a result, urges members of the community to act accordingly through examples like service or activism.
Samuel Malkin ‘17
My project is a book drive. I’d like to collect textbooks that everyone on campus uses and give them to the teachers of those classes. Each year students buy textbooks from the same company. You are often buying secondhand books but paying full price. I think books are very expensive and I think there has to be another way to reduce the cost. I’m going to put donation boxes in the library and every academic building on campus. I’ll also put up flyers and make announcements. Teachers would be given the books and then they can lend them out to students for the year. The book would be on loan, so it would help those who can’t afford the textbooks. Some teachers already do this on their own, but they don’t have enough books. I’m going to start collecting books that students don’t need anymore or that they leave behind in the dorms. If we get enough donations and the textbook stays the same for the next year, then the teachers can give them to students who need them. I’m hoping this makes getting books more accessible for all students. I’ve seen that some people have trouble buying their books. Some books like math and science are really expensive. I had a trigonometry book last year that was $170 for a one-semester class. This is a way of recycling and making it easier for everyone in our community to have access to the books they need.
Kexin “Christina” Chen ‘18
My project aims to reduce the use of disposable plastic water bottles at St. Andrew’s. Plastic water bottles are unhealthy and harmful to the environment. Plastic bottles contain BPA, which is linked to a host of health problems, and the bottle tops are not currently recyclable, which means they often end up at the bottom of the ocean and in the stomachs of animals. Plastic bottles are made from a petroleum product and they require huge amounts of fossil fuels to both make and transport. My plan has three parts. First, I will work to make sure all the water fountains in the school work and I will ask students and faculty about where we could add even more water fountains on campus. Second, I will provide students and faculty with reusable water bottles at the beginning of the school year. I plan to ask the school and outside organizations for donations to help with the cost of these bottles. Third, we will start by banning disposable plastic water bottles on certain days each month, with a goal of eventually banning them altogether. I will work with the Model UN Club and the Eco Saints Club to help enact my plan. I hope my project can make the St. Andrew’s community become more thoughtful about the environment. My project could also help make the St. Andrew’s community healthier.