Centre students get into holiday spirit

November 24, 2004|KATIE McBRIDE

The holidays mean more to Centre College students than finals and ending another semester. It is also a time for students to get involved in a variety of service projects.

Phi Kappa Tau and Kappa Alpha Theta are sponsoring the Jingle Bell 5K to raise money for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Hole in the Wall Gang. The run/walk will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 4 at Millennium Park with registration at 9 a.m. in the picnic shelter by the playground. The cost is $17. Each participant will receive a T-shirt, and the male and female winners from each age group will receive a prize.

CASA is Kappa Alpha Theta's national philanthropy. CASA provides volunteers for children in the family court system.

"The volunteers work for the best interest of the child and provide a source of stability in an otherwise unstable time in the child's life," said Elizabeth Wisman, Theta philanthropy chairwoman and one of the coordinators of the race.


"Currently, CASA at Woodlawn Children's Campus is in the process of recruiting volunteers to serve children in the Boyle and Mercer county area. This race will help our program get off the ground.

"This cause is close to my heart. I serve on CASA at Woodlawn's advisory council, and I know how much this program will benefit the community."

The Phi Tau's national philanthropy is the Hole in the Wall Gang.

"The Hole in the Wall Gang is a series of camps for terminally or chronically ill children," said Charlie Boyd, Phi Tau philanthropy chairman and race coordinator with Wisman.

The Thetas had participated in the Jingle Bell 5K in previous years. Several Phi Taus run cross country, so it seemed natural for the two to come together. "We expect to have around 120 runners. We have already had a substantial number of people in the community make donations or register to run," said Boyd.

"I've seen Greeks at Centre accomplish some incredible things, and I think we could make such a positive difference in the Danville community and beyond. Few people realize that service is the highest aim of most Greek organizations," said Wisman.

A favorite project

A favorite holiday service project at Centre is the Salvation Army Angel Tree. The Salvation Army provides Christmas presents for more than 1,000 children in Boyle, Lincoln, Garrard, Mercer and Casey counties. Centre takes more than 60 of the angels.

Most of the angels list the child's first name, gift wishes and clothing sizes. There are also "forgotten" angels with a specific gender and age range in case anyone doesn't provide presents.

Several groups at Centre, residence halls, office staff, friends or couples will go together to fulfill the angel's Christmas wish.

"It helps to do it in a group because if the kid wants a bike for Christmas, you can really fulfill that wish," said Rebecca Bush, campus coordinator for the Angel Tree.

Angel Trees are set up all over the area so you can adopt an angel and make a child's Christmas dreams a reality.

"Some of the best memories in life come from the holidays. Knowing that someone else is having a happier holiday makes it that much better," says Bush.

"Our holiday service and philanthropy projects will make life more comfortable for those in need," Wisman said.

"Bottom line, Centre is extremely involved in helping the Danville community during the holidays," Bush said. "The spirit of unity and goodwill is just electrifying this time of year."

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