It began as an extra credit assignment for one of his anthropology classes.
Andrew Shipman, a sophomore at Wichita State University, visited the Kansas African American Museum last fall. His mother went with him.
All he had to do was visit the museum and then write a brief report.
But as the two toured the museum, they happened to overhear some of the staff talking about how they needed someone to volunteer to do the small stuff — like take out the trash. Shipman’s mother volunteered her 21-year-old son for the task.
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“I kind of stuck with it because everyone seemed so nice and friendly,” said Shipman, whose hometown is Florence in Marion County.
“It is nothing really big. It is just a way to do a good deed for the day. It makes me feel a little bit better about myself.”
For Christyn Breathett, the education director at the Kansas African American Museum, Shipman is a godsend.
“He comes here every Thursday,” she said. “He visits with each of us. He is always cheerful.”
Volunteering, Shipman says, is now something he likes.
“I’ve never really done it before,” he said. “It is kind of new to me.”