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EGCC students put lessons into practice

December 19, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

Eastern Gateway Community College students in the Leadership and Teambuilding classes on the Jefferson County Campus participated in service learning projects this fall to support the community and the college.

Three projects earmarked donations for separate projects while a fourth activity involved connecting with a group of grade school children.

Cisco Gonzales, Ginny Carulli, Jesse Cologie and Melody Lyons conducted weekly bake sales in November and raised money to purchase a new microwave oven for the student lounge.

Brian McGlone, Brett Windon, Darlene Lewis, Rosie Lucas and Jordan Porreca collected pet food donations for the Jefferson County Animal Shelter and spent time working at the shelter. They worked with Jefferson County Humane officer Cassie Howell, an Eastern Gateway graduate.

R.J. Barnett, Nick DiBattista, Frank Francis, Clinton Grafton, Brittany Minor, Anthony Petrella, Jessica Snyder, Vikki Law, Michael Moore and Robert Hall decorated the main hall on the Jefferson County Campus for the holiday season. They also offered coffee and doughnuts for a donation and gave the proceeds to Eastern Gateway's book fund.

Maria Wanchic, Sean Lyons, Jacob Hilton and Sarah Mapel spent an afternoon at the Jefferson County Christian School sharing with fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders the benefits of community service.

"Each of these projects was done in Jefferson County and, in my opinion, showcase the great young people we have here at Eastern Gateway," said professor Ken Knox. "These were great teambuilding projects and helped the students learn leadership skills while giving back to their community and college."

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