Last fall many students, faculty, and community members participated in the ODU StoryBox Project as part of ODU’s Centennial year. This spring students in Dr. Kevin Cordi’s core class called Applied Storytelling class has decided to take the box concept and investigate what it means to receive and/or give gifts.
“Since ODU is a charitable university and one of the main pillars is to seek out truth it only seemed natural to investigate the subject of giving,” said Dr. Cordi
After reading the book The Secret Gift by Ted Gup, the students decided to create Secret Gift Projects.
We are hoping that people will share their gift stories not just in the boxes but can also send them across the net world by sending their story to Dr. Kevin Cordi at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also send to the student’s emails provided.
Below and other blog posts are pictures of their secret gift boxes and why they are decorated.
Our Secret Gift Box is beautiful; it has bows, ribbons, and many of the tangible exterior things that came with gifts. It is covered in décor that contrasts our question, “What are the non-tangibles that relate to a gift?” and/or tell us a story about an intangible gift you sent or received. Our box on its own is simply a lovely shell. However, as the story unfolds it is not found on the exterior. True gifts go further and reach us inside our hearts.
Pam Pickering Nikki Desmarais, Deborah Maddox