A collaborative effort among the South Arkansas Community College Employee Club, the SouthArk chapter of Phi Beta Lamba and Northwest Environmental Studies Academy let to Helping Hands for Haiti, which raised funds for those affected by the recent earthquake in that country.
A total of $1,200 was raised and split evenly between the Employee Club and PBL; the club donated its half to the Haiti Education Foundation while PBL donated to the Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund.
“Anything we can do to increase student activity and help our community come together makes me feel good,” Employee Club President Dr. Tim Kirk said.
Northwest also lent a hand in the fundraising—actually more than a hundred of them. Students at the school traced their hands on construction paper and cut them out. In turn, one of these was placed on a replica of the Haitian flag each time that someone donated money. The flag was displayed in the Whitfield Building Atrium on SouthArk’s West Campus.
Additionally, members of the Sigma Epsilon Chapter of PBL at SouthArk distributed more than 500 Red Cross fact sheets throughout the area.
SouthArk Hands 1: Christin English, a student in Cara Jobe’s second-grade class at Northwest Environmental Studies Academy, cuts out a silhouette of her hand for use in the Helping Hands for Haiti project at South Arkansas Community College.
SouthArk Hands 2: From left, SouthArk Phi Beta Lambda members Tiona Bradley, Noah Moses and Jessica Murry distribute Red Cross information.