They don’t look like much–after all, they can be purchased just about anywhere from the supermarket to an office supply store, and they are often given away as trinkets from recruiting events or college and career fairs. But this particular batch of “jump drives” is special.
A few weeks ago, first-year students from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law came over to FSH’s Stoddard Johnston campus. About ten students and two faculty members spent the morning organizing school supplies for FSH children. They took inventory, filled requests from families, and organized what was left into donation boxes for single-parent students in FSH’s pre-residential program.
And all the while they worked, they asked questions about FSH, “What do you do here?” “Where do these children go to school?” “What’s life like here?” “Where do your participants come from?” And, “How can we help some more?”
And then, finally, one student said, “Wait–hold on guys, didn’t you all get a free jump drive at orientation?” Her classmates nodded in affirmation and one said, “Yea, but I don’t need it–not even sure where it is!”
It didn’t take them long to determine that none of them really needed their jump drives–sure, they were helpful, and they were glad for them–but they all had laptops and iPads and cell phones and really, if they needed a jump drive, they could probably afford to buy their own.
And so they asked, “Could you use them here? If we asked all our classmates to give us their jump drive if they aren’t going to use it, could you guys use it here at FSH?”
Of course we can. Especially for our pre-residential students who may not have computer access other than a library or the FSH computer lab or their school’s lab. Things such as jump drives are an extra expense that FSH families often can’t afford.
So this batch of jump drives–arriving at FSH in a padded mailing envelope and with a note inside expressing thanks that the drives could be put to good use–is special. They are symbols of a connection made, of new learning and a willingness to share. They are indicative of new community.
They are a sign of what Family Scholar House is all about–pulling together, supporting one another’s efforts, and circling those in need with our best selves, so that we all might be stronger.