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Blinn students raise money, collect food to support local families

Students donate more than 3,000 food items, $900 for local charities

January 12, 2016

Blinn College students wrapped up their most successful charitable drive recently with the donation of more than 3,000 food items and $900 to local charities.

Blinn donated 1,955 canned goods and 1,438 non-canned goods to Bread Partners of Washington County and $900 to Adam’s Angels Ministry.

“Our students realize the tremendous support the community gives to Blinn and they just wanted to do something to give a little back,” said Bryn Behnke, assistant dean for Agriculture & Natural Sciences.

Adam’s Angels Ministry provides care and comfort for families battling childhood cancer. As part its Adopt-a-Charity program, all Blinn athletic programs are dedicating a portion of their gate proceeds towards the charity this year. For more information on Adam’s Angels Ministry, visit www.adamsangelsministry.org.

Bread Partners of Washington County collects food goods for distribution to disadvantaged families.

Blinn collected the food and proceeds at its Fall Social, which included a beanbag toss and washer pitching tournament. Blinn baseball players Walker Winders and Nick Masarik won the washer pitching tournament and Jenny Clopton and Kelsey White from the Agricultural Sciences Department won the beanbag toss.

The food drive is part of Blinn’s Service Learning Program, which combines community service with classroom instruction or student club activities and focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility to engage students. Service Learning involves students in activities that address local needs while developing their academic or professional skills and commitment to their community. More than 1,800 Blinn students participate in the Service Learning Program each semester and approximately 130 faculty teach Service Learning courses.

Blinn students have documented almost 540,000 hours of Service Learning and community service hours, valued at more than $10.75 million by the Points of Light Foundation. Each year, Blinn hosts the Blinn Blitz, a day of dedicated service in which Blinn students participate in a variety of community service projects. Other Service Learning projects include Give Kids a Smile, in which Blinn dental hygiene students, local dentists and community volunteers offer free dental exams, X-rays, cleanings, sealants and oral health education to children from low-income families; and converting used cooking oil into eco-friendly biodiesel, then donating that biodiesel to Brenham ISD to utilize in their fleet of school buses.

In addition to the Carnegie Classification, Blinn has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest accolade an educational institution can receive from the federal government for its commitment to service and civic engagement, five of the last seven years.