LAURENTIAN PORTRAIt
Molly Plunkett ’14
by Mary Baucom ’13
For Molly Plunkett ’14, volunteer-
ing is as habitual as going to class. As a
student who has dedicated eight hours
a week to community service, Molly’s
love for Canton extends beyond the St.
Lawrence campus.
The Milford, Conn., native believes
that because Canton is a small town,
students are more easily able to bond
with residents. “The sense of together-
ness is easily my favorite thing about the
North Country,” she says.
Her work as a community mentor for
the Center for Civic Engagement led
Molly to spearhead the Branching Out
with Books reading program at the St.
Regis Mohawk Reservation in 2011.
This pre-teen program seeks to motivate
discouraged students by making reading
fun, Molly explains. On her weekly
visits, she encourages youth to continue
with their studies and pursue higher
education.
Molly’s passion for scholastic volun-
teering went abroad with her last fall,
to St. Lawrence’s semester in the Czech
Republic, where she taught English at
an elementary school. “The students’
English was much better than my
Czech, but they were all excited to have
an actual English speaker in their class-
room,” says the environmental studies
and government combined major.
With plans of joining the Peace Corps
and working in community develop-
ment, Molly’s fervor for giving back will
continue after graduation. “It’s always
rewarding to volunteer; it feels like
you’re doing something good with your
time,” Molly says. “St. Lawrence has
given me an abundance of opportunities
that I could not have received anywhere
else.”
Volunteer
ExtraordinaIre
Mary Baucom, a writing intern
in University Communications
last spring, begins graduate
work this fall at Northwestern
University’s Medill School of
Journalism.
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