Senior classes dedicated themselves to some good causes in June
For several years now, the Wilmington Campus of the Harris School of Business has made it a tradition to devote some energy to fundraising to help good causes. “All of our fundraisers are driven by teachers as well as students,” says Program Manager Crystal Goerlitz.
Christine Pizzo, who is an instructor in the Medical Assistant program, is a major supporter and motivates each of her senior medical classes to actively participate as well as get the whole school excited about each cause. Other planners and organizers typically include Judy Ward, an instructor in the Dental Assistant program, and Medical assistant instructor Jeff Livezey.
This year’s senior classes held a series of June fundraisers for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which focuses on research benefitting children battling cancer. This group of classes created “Father’s Day Baskets,” filled with all kinds of “dad’s” items, and then raffled them off. (This happened to fall at the same time as the campus’s “Super Hero T-Shirt Day.”)
For the recent senior pinning ceremony, instructors purchased iron-on lemons decals for their scrubs, to signify the team’s success in its fundraising efforts. During the ceremony, they had the seniors stand up and show off their lemons to their friends, family, and classmates, and then announced the final tally, which was about $325.
This inspired the upcoming class of seniors to choose Autism as the cause they’d like to focus on for the month of July, and the students have already started creating the items they’ll use to kick off their fundraising activities. In the following week, during the 30-hour class, students made puzzle piece pins (by hand) to sell for $1 each.
“They’re hoping to exceed the fundraising totals of the previous class,” says Campus Director Suzanne Bitters-Woods, “and to achieve that goal have decided to start a week earlier.” The students will likely create bake sales, raffles, and an activity called “dips for dimes.”
Past fundraisers have also benefitted causes such as the March of Dimes, partly thanks to a connection through Financial Aid Director Danielle Brown, and the Breast Cancer Coalition through Judy Ward. We’re proud of our students and grateful to the instructors and staff who go out of their way to support these generous efforts!
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