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LWC Education Seniors start Cans4Caverna

Goal is to help feed hungry residents during Thanksgiving Season
Donations for Cans4Caverna will be taken at the 2pmCT LWC v Cumberland and 7pmCT LWC v Indiana University SE, Tue 27 Oct 2015 volleyball matches at Biggers Sports Center, 360 Spickard Drive, Columbia, KY; at the 7pmCT Wed 28 Oct 2015 women's soccer game LWC v. GA Gwinnett, at Walter S. Reuling Stadium, 151 Holloway Drive, Columbia, KY; and at the 1:30pmCT, Sat 31 Oct 2015 Lindsey Wilson-Campbellsville (KY) University football game at Blue Raider Stadium, 928 Russell Road, Columbia, KY, as well as at points around the LWC campus

By Duane Bonifer, Director of Public Relations
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY - When Lindsey Wilson College education majors Anthony Horne and Justin Sumpter visited schools in Kentucky's Caverna (KY) Independent Schools earlier this school year, they were struck by the amount of poverty they encountered in the school district that straddles the in Barren-Hart county line.

So they decided to do start "Cans4Caverna" -- a program that will help ensure that more of the school district's schoolchildren and their family members will have a happy Thanksgiving.

For about a month, the two LWC students have been collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food items that will distributed next month to needy Caverna school families. And this week they are making a major final push on the college's A.P. White Campus.

The two LWC education majors have set up collection boxes around campus. They will also take donations at Tuesday's volleyball matches at Biggers Sports Center, Wednesday night's women's soccer game at Walter S. Reuling Stadium, and Saturday afternoon's Lindsey Wilson-Campbellsville (KY) University football game at Blue Raider Stadium.

The students plan to deliver the food items next week -- so there is plenty of time to sort and distribute the food for Thanksgiving.

"We decided we wanted to give back to Caverna, who always opens the doors every year for the Lindsey Wilson student teachers," said Horne, who is from Louisville, KY.

Like Horne, Sumpter spent three weeks of his practicum this fall at Caverna schools, which are about 50 minutes west of campus, before they started student-teaching. Both students will graduate from LWC in December.

"I'm from Eastern Kentucky, so I have seen families who have a hard time making it, especially around the holidays," said Sumpter, who is from Manchester, Ky. "So this project is a way for me to give back and help a situation I am familiar with."

Horne said he first noticed the area's poverty -- which has been caused by a loss of manufacturing jobs and a rise in drug addiction -- when he was in the Caverna classroom.

"We met a lot of great people, and they treated us well when we were in the schools," he said. "But we also saw that some of the students needed certain things more than students in other areas where we have been in the region. ... You can just see certain things. They won't just come out and say that they are poor. But some kids will complain about constantly being hungry."

Sumpter said he hopes "Cans4Caverna" becomes an annual student-led project at LWC.

"I feel like maybe if we can get the spark going, other Lindsey Wilson students will continue to do it over the years," he said. "We send a lot of education majors to Caverna schools, so this would be a great thing to do to show our appreciation of the opportunities they give our education majors."

Horne and Sumpter became friends at LWC through the college's basketball program -- Horne was a player, and Sumpter was a student manager.

"Lindsey Wilson has given so much to me and opened up so many doors. ... I feel like this is a way for us give something back before we leave," Horne said. "When you are blessed, giving back is something you should do. Being on the court was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was cool to be 'that guy' on the court, but now I feel like I can be 'that guy' in the classroom and give back to these students."


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LWC seniors start Cans4Caverna

2015-10-26 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College education seniors Justin Sumpter of Manchester, KY, left, and Anthony Horne of Louisville, KY, started "Cans4Caverna" in response to the poverty around the independent school district on the Barren-Hart county line. - DUANE BONIFER

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