Stockton Students Spread Love in Atlantic City

Stockton Students Spread Love in Atlantic City

From left to right, students Gavin Dina, Mohammed Jaradat, Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small; and Edith Hoerner, Ryan Janney and Gavin MacNatt, also students.

Marty Small at podiumAtlantic City, N.J. — In a heartwarming display of community engagement, Stockton students teamed up with the City of Atlantic City Senior Services Division on Monday, Feb. 12, to host "Cupid's Legacy." This inaugural program brought together students from the Residential Scholars program with senior citizens from Atlantic City for a memorable Valentine's Day dinner and activities.

The initiative was led by juniors Edith Hoerner and Gavin MacNatt to foster meaningful connections between Stockton students and the older adults. Recognizing the City's wealth of knowledge and rich culture, Hoerner and MacNatt sought to create an opportunity for students to spend quality time with individuals who hold a deep understanding of Atlantic City's history and community.

As mentors within the program, Hoerner and MacNatt guided first-year students Ryan Janney, Gavin Dina and transfer student Kyle McFadden through their first event of the semester. McFadden kicked off the evening by welcoming the Atlantic City residents and expressing his longstanding commitment to community service.

The event included various activities, including human bingo, throwback trivia, and a crossword challenge, all led by the scholars. All attendees partook in the festivities, enjoying the opportunity to connect and create lasting memories.

The highlight of the evening came with a surprise visit from Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, a 1998 Stockton graduate. Mayor Small expressed his gratitude to the students and Stockton for their efforts in bringing joy and companionship to the City's seniors.

"In the end, ‘Cupid's Legacy’ proved a resounding success, spreading nothing but joy throughout Atlantic City on Valentine's Day,” shared Marques E. Johnson, associate dean of Students. “It served as a testament to the power of community collaboration and the enduring impact of simple acts of kindness. As the event concluded, it was clear that love knows no bounds, transcending generations and bringing people together in the spirit of compassion and connection."

Reported by Mandee McCullough

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