Written by Phil Cerroni
With the holidays fast approaching, students at North Lake College (NLC) are spending less time in the mall and more time practicing the art of giving. Donation items range from holiday cards for the troops to clothing and food for the Genesis Women’s Shelter.
“I purposefully do not offer extra credit to my students for donating items,” said psychology professor Enrique Otero. “I prefer that they donate out of genuine goodwill.”
Despite the lack of external reward, however, North Lake students remain eager to give. In fact, students recently filled an entire empty office with donations for Terrell State Psychiatric Hospital. Led byNLC’sPsi Beta Honor Society, the fundraiser produced a wide range of donation items, including track shoes, Frisbees and winter coats.
Also making the season bright is the NLC Blazer Student Store. Operating year-round, the Blazer Student Store functions much like a thrift store, but instead of U.S. currency, it uses Blazer Bucks. Students may acquire Bucks in a variety of ways, including classroom participation, trading items from home, and winning them at campus events. Plus, every December, each student is freely given 30 dollars in Blazer Bucks to shop for their holiday needs.
“Spending time in the store has helped me considerably with my own personal struggles,” said student Regina Fischer in the October edition of the News-Register. “When I feel like I am having a difficult day, I go down to the store and volunteer. Helping others puts my life in perspective.” Students experiencing a hardship are given Blazer Bucks or Blazer Food Vouchers free, no questions asked.
Source: North Lake College