Moraine Park celebrates the holidays by giving back

by abemis18. December 2013 12:13

Moraine Park Technical College students have been busy finishing up final projects studying for end of semester exams and registering for spring classes. Despite their busy schedules, many student clubs and organizations found time to make the spirits a little brighter for families in need this holiday season.  Student at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac, West Bend and Beaver Dam campuses decked the halls with boxes to collect food, toys and clothing for various community organizations.         

Students in Moraine Park Technical College’s Electrical Power Distribution (EPD) Club rang bells for the Salvation Army at Racheck’s and Shopko in West Bend on Dec. 4, 2013. Pictured from left: Andy Luedtke, Tanner Holzhueter and Erik Hefner.

In Fond du Lac, the Student Senate sponsored a diaper drive for the Fond du Lac Family Resource Center. The group also held a Bone Marrow Drive for Be the Match last month. During the drive, students learned how to get involved in donating bone marrow through the Be The Match organization. The IT club held a hat and mitten drive on campus and donated the items collected to the Solutions Center in Fond du Lac. The Cosmetology Club also donated items collected during a food drive to the Solutions Center, and the Corrections Club donated a portion of the proceeds from their card fundraiser to the Solutions Center.

In West Bend, the Chiropractic Specialists Club, Cosmetology Apprentice Club, Electricity Club, Graphics/IMD Club, SAGA Club, Student Senate, SMARTS Club and the Student Nurses Association wrapped up a campus-wide food drive. The West Bend Student Senate and the Student Nurses Association collected items for the Kids2Kids Toy Drive. Kapco’s Kids2Kids toy drive collects over 20,000 toys for low-income children through Southeastern Wisconsin.

The Beaver Dam Student Senate found a creative way to raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues through a month-long event called Mo-Vember at Mo-Raine Park. Participants took before and after photos, one clean shaven at the beginning of the month and another at the end of the month and invited anyone to vote for their favorite Mo-Vember moustache for $1. The club also sold Kwik Trip gift cards around campus. A portion of the proceeds from both charity drives were donated to the Elks Christmas Baskets, which provides food baskets for families during the holidays. The Human Resources Club conducted a toy drive in conjunction with the Dodge County Toy Bank. The Electrical Power Distribution (EPD) Club rang bells for the Salvation Army. The Beaver Dam Student Nurses Association conducted a food drive for St. Vincent de Paul.

Students in the Beaver Dam and Fond du Lac chapters of the Multicultural Club collected school supplies and other donations this winter to support the Blue Mountain Project. The Blue Mountain Project is an organization committed to improving the health, education and economy in rural Jamaican communities. Some club members and other Moraine Park students will be bringing the items to Jamaica this January during the study abroad trip through Moraine Park’s International Education program. 

If you are interested in learning more about service learning projects happening on campus, visit moraineparkinternationaled.blogspot.com/.