Once again, Moraine Park Technical College students and staff pitched in to help those less fortunate during the holiday season, with several clubs and Student Senates collecting food, clothing, toys and money for families in need.
Fond du Lac campus
Several student clubs at the Fond du Lac campus participated in the Salvation Army’s Adopt a Family program, including the Accounting Club, Business Professionals Club, Corrections Club, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Club and the Student Nurses Association (SNA) Club. In addition, the Accounting Club held a food and coat drive around Thanksgiving, while the Corrections and SNA clubs rang bells and the Fond du Lac Student Senate collected hats and mittens for the Salvation Army.
Beaver Dam campus
On Dec. 1, Moraine Park students and staff stuffed and dressed more than 100 Build-A-Bear and Friends animals, courtesy of the Beaver Dam Student Senate and Activities Committee, for the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department, the Beaver Dam Community Hospital, Lutheran Social Services and New Beginnings Homeless Shelter so that children can be comforted in their time of need. For a minimal cost, animals were also stuffed as gifts for relatives or friends, with the proceeds of $900 going to the public libraries in Beaver Dam, Horicon, Juneau, Markesan, Mayville and Waupun for children’s programming. Each library will receive a check for $150.
Students in the Electrical Power Distribution program continued their holiday tradition of ringing bells for the Salvation Army. And in November, students and staff participated in Christmas in a Shoebox, in which shoeboxes were filled with hygiene items, snacks, books, CDs and other things for men and women serving overseas during the holidays.
West Bend campus
Several student activities benefitted local food pantries. The West Bend Accounting Club held a food drive prior to Thanksgiving, collecting nonperishable food items for the Full Shelf Food Pantry in West Bend. Edi Oehler, a West Bend student and AVON representative, along with the support of the West Bend Student Senate & Activities Committee, coordinated holiday sales of AVON products through Dec. 7, with all profits going to the Full Shelf Food Pantry and the Family Sharing Food Pantry in Grafton. Student Senate & Activities Committee members volunteered at the Washington County "Enchantment in the Park" event on Dec. 5. The group helped collect items for a food drive and direct cars through the display.
In addition, donations of new toys were collected for the Kids2Kids Holiday Toy Drive, supported by Kapco Metal Stamping of Grafton and coordinated through the Salvation Army of Southeastern Wisconsin.
For more information about Moraine Park programs, visit www.morainepark.edu.