A positive side to volunteering

April 19, 2016

Courtesy EPCC Service Learning Program

Students gather at the Global Youth Service Day event at EPCC Valle Verde campus. 


On Saturday April 16 at the EPCC Valle Verde campus Marcia Clark, her students and Service Learning hosted The Global Youth Service Day event in the Americana Village.]


Marcia Clark assigned a group in her Speech 1321 class to get together and organize a cookout for Big Brothers Big Sisters who she works very closely with. 


The group went out in to the El Paso community and was able to gather many sponsors who donated various items needed for the event.


The Hilton donated hamburger patties and buns, Prices donated sweet tea and punch, and Krispy Kreme donated donuts.


“Students from all my classes donated sports equipment, and the Criminal Justice Department donated hundreds of Pepsi products,” said Clark.


Service Learning also donated a lot of food, condiments, kites and hula hoops among other things.


The plans for the event included various activities such as arts and crafts, face painting, kite flying, musical chairs and sports booths like, football, volleyball, kickball and tug of war for all the children.


“The Global Youth Service Day event benefitted the Big Brothers Big Sisters by bringing attention to the organization and allowing the children to interact with college students who will hopefully inspire them to one day attend EPCC,” explained Clark.


This event also provided experience for the EPCC students who one day wish to work with children for their career.


Other instructors such as Patricia Islas, also brought their students along to participate in the event.


“Since it is Global Youth Service Day, we realize that there is a need to teach the students that it is important to get involved in our El Paso Community,” said Clark,


There is such a great need for volunteers in every community, if students realize this at a young age, they will know how to implement programs and events such as this one.”


Clark stated, “This event is important because it shows EPCC’s commitment to serving the El Paso Community and working with the youth of El Paso to encourage them to strive for a college degree one day.


It is also important to realize that the Quality Enhancement Plan at El Paso Community College is in place for a reason.


Our students need to know that they are an extremely important part of our community.”


This is the first year we hold an event such as this one, but we plan on doing an event like this every year.” said Marcia Clark.


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