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LUFKIN, October 8, 2013-- Angelina College students in Sabrina Collins’ Interpersonal Communications classes are getting first-hand experience with community service.
For the second straight year, Collins and her students – known as AC S.P.E.A.K.S. (Students Preparing and Executing Acts of Kindness and Service) are hosting for the public a “Whatcha Gonna Do?” campaign to raise money for community service. In a unique twist, the money raised simply provides for several other activities geared toward assisting various organizations throughout the East Texas Community.
The big fund raiser to launch all this goodwill takes place from 5-7:30 p.m. this Sunday, Oct.13th at the Skate Ranch in Lufkin, where the public is invited to attend. Activities will include skating, face painting, a rock climbing wall, inflatable games, bungee racing, and others. There will also be a raffle for a drawing to take place later, with the prizes including a round of golf for four and a pair of brunches at Crown Colony Country Club.
“Each of the party corrals will be spaces for the six organizations we’re sponsoring,” Collins said. “The non-profit organizations my classes have selected will each have a display and activity in each corral. For example, the veterans’ booth will have a coloring activity for kids or adults; they’ll make some cards or other things to hand out to veterans at the Veterans Day parade.
“And the Operation Christmas Child will have ornament painting; those ornaments will go inside the boxes we send off for children at Christmas.”
Collins said the idea of “Whatcha Gonna Do?” arose last year when she and several students were discussing a person’s role in community service. They decided it was time to place the emphasis on the “Do” part of the motto.
“A lot of times people are good at talking about helping different charities or organizations, but they’re not always as good at putting those words into action,” Collins said. “We give great lip service to helping our community, but we don’t always translate that into action. That’s the whole premise behind ‘Whatcha Gonna Do?’ Are you going to talk about ti, or are you going to get moving and help? The whole skate idea seemed like a unique, fund-raising opportunity.
“My hope is to expose my students to the other side of service. A lot of them receive services, but they’ve never been on the other side of serving. When they can see how easy and important it is to help our community, they learn a lot about themselves.”
Collins credited Skate Ranch owner Sig Semien and her staff with allowing the AC students the opportunity to raise the money for such worthwhile organizations as the Pregnancy Help Center, the Helping House, the Child Protective Service’s Rainbow Room, Cake Angels, the Charles Wilson V.A. Clinic Sock Closet and the Veterans Day Parade and Operation Christmas Child.
Each of those organizations will have a costumed skater in a Great Skate Race. People who are there can vote for their favorite racer at a dollar per vote.
Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased in advance in the Angelina Center for the Arts building or at the Skate Ranch door. Contact Sabrina Collins at 936-633-5325 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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