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STELLARTON – Community leadership students at NSCC Pictou campus are celebrating Valentine’s Day by helping out fellow students in need while completing coursework at the same time.
Organizing a fundraiser is one of their assignments for the SVLS 4000 course.
With the help of their faculty adviser, Rosemary Davis, they decided to give back within the campus community by selling tickets on a Valentine’s Day basket with proceeds going towards the Student Emergency Fund.
“One of the biggest problems (for students) is tuition and transportation to and from (school),” student Cynthia Cormier said.
They wanted to make a contribution to the fund to make sure students don’t have to choose between learning and making their rent.
The fund will cover expenses as needed such as gas cards, taxi fare, and groceries.
They started with a goal of $500, and exceeded that by $90 by the fourth day.
As part of the $1 ticket cost, the buyer is given a foam heart to write down the name of a loved one.
The hearts are displayed on the windows in the Student Commons.
“I like helping others and making a difference,” Cormier said about why she likes the course.
Cormier noted that the fundraiser is helping in other ways too.
She said it’s putting smiles on people’s faces when they walk by them, which is especially important during the winter months.
The visual aspect also helps to sell more, they said.
The fundraiser is serving as a way to see marketing strategies in action.
They also have a daily prize draw that adds incentive.
“The idea of the course is working with a group,” Debbie Sutherland said.
Not only do they learn about co-operating with others, the students learn their own strengths.
It also allows them to interact outside the campus.
“I’ve been here three years and I’m now getting to know my community,” Deanna Belliveau said.
They had to ask businesses for donations to the baskets, and everyone was very accommodating, they said.
They have one more fundraiser to do as a part of the class, and hope to involve the community more.
The “Hearts Supporting Hearts” fundraiser runs until Feb. 13.
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