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Graduation can be a time to think of others

CMC CornerAbbie DickinsonGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Graduation is finally here! Whether for you it’s simply the end of the school year, or the attainment of a degree or certificate, it’s easy to get lost in the tests and papers and goodbyes. At Colorado Mountain College, one exemplary group of students is thinking beyond themselves and their own futures. For the third year, students in the local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students in two-year colleges, is sponsoring Project Graduation. This is a book and nonperishable food drive for local and global organizations. This year’s theme is “Feed a Body, Feed a Mind.”The books these students collect will be donated to Literacy Outreach and to Better World Books, which collects and donates texts to national and international schools that lack the needed texts for students. Literacy Outreach, which has helped Garfield County adults improve their lives through reading, writing and math skills, is in need of children’s books and lower-level readers. Better World Books will collect textbooks, reference books, adult books, etc. Nonperishable food items the students collect will be donated to LIFT-UP of Glenwood Springs. They are always in need of spaghetti sauce, pasta, peanut butter, canned fruit, jelly, cereal, and canned or dry milk.Donations can be dropped off between now and May 11, at all three of the sites of CMC’s Roaring Fork Campus: in the lobbies of the Glenwood Center and Carbondale’s Lappala Center, as well as at Student Services at the Spring Valley Center. Phi Theta Kappa will also have collection boxes set out at graduation, so if you plan to honor a graduate at our ceremony the morning of May 5, you are welcome to bring a book or a food item, too. You will notice the Phi Theta Kappa grads by the gold tassel and stole they wear with their blue gowns.Project Graduation is the capstone of a year of positive, creative, fun projects for Phi Theta Kappa here at the Roaring Fork Campus. For instance, students recently did a fundraiser for Relay for Life during Math Awareness Week, in which participants could vote, using dollars, to get one of their instructors to dress up as their favorite female scholar. The “winner” was Bob Kelley, math and biology professor, who took on the persona of 20th-century zoologist and “Silent Spring” author Rachel Carson. Phi Theta Kappa also sponsored a showing of “An Inconvenient Truth” to promote environmental awareness.Abbie Dickinson is the interim assistant campus dean for student services at CMC’s Roaring Fork Campus. She can be reached at 947-8212.


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