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Campus comes together to ‘Give Thanks’ and ‘Paw It Forward’

Student college relations assistants collaborated with fellow student leaders to coordinate campuswide “Give Thanks” engagement efforts to show their gratitude to those who invest in the Penn College experience.

Scholarship recipients write thank-you cards to donors.
Scholarship recipients write thank-you cards to donors.

Expressions of “Thanks” could be found in various forms across campus and throughout social media platforms. Thank-you cards were written, videos were recorded, #pctgrateful sidewalk chalk messages were created and special in-person deliveries were made to thank loyal employee donors who have given to Penn College for more than 20 consecutive years.

Then, students collaborated to “Paw It Forward” and unmask hunger by collecting food items for The Cupboard, the on-campus pantry for students in need. Students and department colleagues stocked the shelves, one vintage Wildcat tray at a time, while others filled large blue move-in bins to the brim.

Twenty-five student organizations collected food items, and student-athletes turned the cause into a friendly competition between teams. Their competitive spirit played a key role in helping peers this year as they collected over 3,700 food items. Alumni and employees joined the efforts by making online contributions. The weeklong collaboration resulting in the largest item intake for The Cupboard: 4,200 items collected.

“A big, heartfelt ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped make this an incredibly successful event,” said Noelle B. Bloom, Dining Services’ assistant director. “The generosity and outpouring of support from the campus community is greatly appreciated. These items will bring comfort to many students and families during challenging and uncertain times.”

–Photos by Becky J. Shaner, senior manager of donor relations and special events


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