“I’ve had people tell me that my students are unteachable,” she said. “No one is unteachable. You just have to find the right way and place.”
Elliott welcomes help from ASB volunteers. “It’s good for my [students] to see that people are willing to come and spend time with them. It makes a difference. They need positive figures to see that the world is good.”
Norwich, located in Northfield, Vt., is the country’s oldest private military college. Students, both military and traditional, are offered several ASB opportunities each March.
At the end of the week, the Norwich group hosted karaoke night. The large hall filled quickly. Requests flooded in and a variety of music electrified the room. Dancing occurred in all forms as wheelchairs spun, feet tapped and hands clapped.
Adam Drake held the hand of a resident he had worked with all week. Together, they sang Somewhere over the Rainbow, and her face lit up. As the sole member of the Norwich team working in the Brain Injury Center, which serves mostly adults, he spent much of the break simply spending time with clients.continue