On Wednesday, Sept. 19th, 20 students from both Global Leadership Project (GLP) and Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO) teamed up with each other to paint trailer homes at the Colonial Gardens Trailer Park.
Senior Alma Hidalgo, is the Hispanic Leadership Coordinator for GLP and she planned this event with HALO. She has been a part of HALO throughout her four years of college and is overjoyed to be heavily involved this year.
“[My favorite part is] working with other organizations and sharing the passion of bringing change,” Hidalgo said. “Seeing that shy student step out of their shell in start of becoming a future leader is a great thing.”
Sophomore Cesar Garcia, is the President of HALO.
“I chose to be in HALO because I want to work with Hispanics on projects,” Garcia said. “When I took over HALO as President, my vision was to have a great group and to represent HALO with pride by either helping out the community or helping the campus. I believe we can achieve it.”
Garcia believes they can achieve it. Other members have high hopes.
“As an officer of HALO, we wanted to have HALO more involved in the community and saw this [service project] as a perfect opportunity,” sophomore Berenice De La Cruz said.
“My favorite part about service projects is getting to bond with the people we are helping.”
Many students are a part of HALO because they want to make new friends and help their community.
“I hope to gain leadership skills and to make new friends,” freshman Merisa Alcantara said.
As the leader of Global Leadership Project, Hidalgo has gained much insight on how important it is to do projects with other organizations on campus.
“There are many reasons why it is important, but I think one is learning about our other organizations and coming together to create a greater change in whatever it is that we are doing.”
Not only has it given Hidalgo confidence, but it has allowed her to pursue something she loves while still being in school.
“I have been with GLP for almost a year, and I have learned how to be a better leader and have also learned many new skills that I know will be useful after I graduate,” Hidalgo said. “It has helped me see the bigger picture in things, and I have the confidence to make a difference in later years.”
The event was held in honor of Mexico’s Independence Day, which is Sept. 16.
HALO continues to make an impact on the hispanic community, both on campus and in Hays.