Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Douglas College students hold school supplies donation drive

The Students 4 Students project team.
A group of Douglas College students recently gathered boxes of school supplies and donated them to after-school programs at two elementary schools in the Tri-Cities. The Students 4 Students school supplies drive was organized by five Hospitality Management students as a course project.

As part of the project, the students examined Early Development Instrument (EDI) data for the Coquitlam school district. The EDI is a research tool used to help gauge the challenges children face in their community.

“The goal was to spread awareness about the condition of the school district after analyzing the EDI information,” says Rachel Kwasnica, a Douglas College student who led the project. “We also wanted to show consideration to students that might be having a tough time with school by providing them with some quality supplies.”

With support from local businesses and other donors, the team collected items including scissors, glue sticks, crayons, binders, paints and more. The project is also being entered in LinkBC’s Project Change contest, which is aimed at encouraging student leadership.