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LWC Bonner students raise coats for Head Start students
By Venus Popplewell
A group of Lindsey Wilson College students helped ensure that area children will keep warm this winter. LWC students in the college's Bonner Program delivered 57 winter coats Wednesday morning to Adair County Head Start. The coats were given to the program's 52 students, and extra coats were saved in preparation for next year's drive.
LWC Bonner students raised coats and over $1300 to purchase the coats from members of the LWC community as well as Columbia-Adair County residents.
This year's drive -- which is in its sixth year -- was led by LWC Bonner student Olivia Garlt of Louisville, Ky., who said it felt good to give back to her 'home away from home' here in Columbia-Adair County.
"It always feels amazing giving back to this community," Garlt said. "Seeing the impact it has on these kids especially was extremely rewarding for me and the rest of the people who've helped with this project."
LWC's Bonner Program is a servant-leadership program with more than six dozen students who serve non-profit organizations throughout the region. This year, Bonner students will serve more than 20,000 hours of combined service, according to LWC Director of Civic Engagement Amy Thompson-Wells, who oversees the Bonner Program.
Programs such as the coats-for-kids drive make the Bonner students "change-makers," Thompson-Wells said.
"We like to think that we are the first phone call that our community agencies make when they need volunteers for a project," Thompson-Wells said. "Our volunteers have become really reliable for our community partners, and they are making a huge impact in the community."
Thompson-Wells also says this program in particular is one that students are more motivated to be part of year after year.
"Our students come here, they see the smiles and the enthusiasm from these kids, and it keeps them coming back," Thompson-Wells said. "Seeing the reactions from these kids really affirms that what we're doing is truly impactful."
Wednesday's delivery of winter coats to Adair County Head Start "helps a lot of families and touches a lot of lives," said Adair County Head Start Teacher, Juanita Scott.
"It has a great impact our students," Scott said. "We serve 52 low-income families, and a lot of them don't have the money to get the winter essentials they need."
This story was posted on 2016-12-14 17:21:29
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