Acquiring a driver's license and being accepted into college are two rites of passage. On Sept. 3, JWU student Kevin Walton '16 achieved another — receiving keys to a house. Not just any house — Centennial House, Johnson & Wales University’s newest non-traditional student housing option.
JWU: Making Neighborhood BetterAs Chancellor John Bowen handed Walton the keys, he charged him and his 34 housemates to “leave it better then you found it.”
“We want to make this neighborhood better,” said Chancellor Bowen. “We want you to commit to community service. We want you to commit to one another — to have a great bonding experience here.”Smiling throughout the ceremony, Walton was clearly excited to be part of the founding group of JWU students to live in Rhode Island’s first cooperative style-living housing.
“We have been given such an opportunity to fill those walls with camaraderie, JWU spirit and memories,” said Walton, president of Centennial House.” We are not only here to better ourselves but to better this community.”
Mayor Fung: Cranston LegacyResidents are responsible for buying food, cooking meals, cleaning and managing the house finances. They are also required to engage in community service projects in the City of Cranston.
“What’s so meaningful to me is the community impact that each and every one of you will have,” said Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, welcoming the students to the neighborhood.
“You have the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy on Cranston, but, most importantly, on your neighbors.”
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