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Class Project Leads to Community Service

In the photo, student Greg Stanik stacks boxes of donated food outside of the DuBois Area Food Bank on Jared Street.
4/14/2009 —

DuBois – Some students at Penn State DuBois turned their class project into a way to support people in need in the DuBois area.  It started when Professor Ben Park assigned students to complete a Social Change Project for his sociology class.  Students Andie Graham, Jackie Penland and Greg Stanik worked together on the group project, and decided to focus on rural poverty.  The results helped to provide food and shelter to members of the community.


"As part of the project we conducted a food drive on campus," Graham said.  She explained that as a member of several student organizations she was able to get more people involved.  "To help with the food drive, the Delta Mu Sigma Honor Society organized another food drive at Shop 'n Save, collecting canned goods from shoppers."


All of the food collected was then donated to the DuBois Area Food Bank on Jared Street in DuBois.  An estimated 700 items, with an approximate value of more than $1,000 was donated.


Graham and Stanik said their project didn't stop there.  "We also got members of Delta Mu Sigma, the Campus Democrats, the ECO Club and Earth and Science Club involved with the Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Day," said Graham.  She noted that Delta Mu Sigma also donated a wheelbarrow to Habitat for Humanity, and the Campus Democrats donated a post hole digger. 

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