According to Nuggie Libecap, director of the Infusion Campus, the program was initiated in 2005 because it appeared that the Springfield City School District would have to cut arts and enrichment programs from its curriculum. The Infusion Campus was created to ensure that children were still able to receive this important part of a well-rounded education.
The Infusion Campus combines education and art training, teaching skills in dance, art, music and drama. It also provides students with homework help and instruction in foreign language and computer applications. The program continues to make an impact on children's education and lives, now with the help of members of Beta Theta Pi.
The fraternity became involved with Infusion Campus during the 2008-09 school year after Philanthropy Chair Brendan Corrigan, class of 2011 from Westlake, Ohio, researched a philanthropy that members could work with after traditional class times.
"After a few brothers volunteered on our first day, we all fell in love with Nuggie, the students and the program," said Corrigan. "It was a perfect fit for our fraternity."
Libecap noticed this quick connection and was excited by their enthusiasm.
"They must have been touched by the diversity of our students and their infectious energy because they volunteered each week for the entire year and even attended our Infusion Campus special events," said Libecap.
Each week, multiple fraternity members spend up to eight hours volunteering their time. They play games, sing and dance during classes, and the college students serve as friends and role models for participating children.
"The Infusion Campus provides an outlet for the brothers of Beta Theta Pi to pass our Wittenberg Light on to the Springfield community," said Corrigan.
Not only do the Betas volunteer their time, but they have also donated more than $1,100 to the Infusion Campus through their annual Beta Barbeque and their first-ever Pancake Palooza during the 2008-09 school year.
"The Beta guys are a great group of young men," said Libecap. "They are polite, considerate and very willing to do whatever it takes to help make the Infusion Campus a success. It has been such a pleasure to have them involved with the program."
Written by: Jennifer Dick '10
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