Students Dive In To Help Others
"Coloring Without Lines" Service Project Will Help College Place Schools
About 30 Walla Walla University students eagerly jumped into the lukewarm water of the pool in the Winter Educational Complex in late January as they participated in the kick-off event called “Splash for Cash” to benefit the College Place School System. In exchange for donating books, students could dive into the pool and retrieve and pocket loose change and bills from the bottom of the pool.
The event, organized by the Associated Students of Walla Walla University (ASWWU), was designed to raise awareness and get students excited about this year’s service project “Coloring Without Lines.” This project was sparked by students’ interest in focusing on helping their local College Place community. In years past, students have chosen an international project.
“We are hoping that WWU students can help bring the community together and share with them the same love and attitude of service that they witnessed,” said Alisa Oberg, ASWWU Social Vice President and senior psychology major. “That's where the name of the project comes in. We want to make this community a place without lines and barriers, and we are working with the College Place School District to do that.”
“Coloring Without Lines” will help aid the three schools in the system, including Davis Elementary School and John Sager Middle School in receiving the necessary supplies that they need to excel. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in the project. Here’s three possible ways, says Oberg.
Donate time. Students can volunteer for about an hour a week at Sager Middle School in their after-school program. WWU students can tutor a child or simply spend time getting to know and mentor a child.
Donate money. Giving even just a few dollars can help fund the after-school program at College Place schools, whose $70,000 grant runs out this year. ASWWU has set a goal of raising $15,000.
Donate books. Many students are unable to purchase books of their own. “Being a community dedicated to education, we didn't feel that this need for books could go unnoticed. We are encouraging everyone to donate books appropriate for children K-8 to fill this need,” says Oberg. Collection bins will be available around campus, and the goal is collect 600 books.
For more information on future fundraising events, or to help out with “Coloring Without Lines,” email firstname.lastname@example.org.