A group of 46 students from Rogers State University filled 13 baskets to the brim with all the “fixins” needed to prepare a Thanksgiving dinner.
The President’s Leadership Class at RSU in conjunction with admissions to RSU, the Claremore Collective and the Claremore Chamber of Commerce have ensured that 13 local families in need will be able to have a home cooked meal for the holidays.
LPC President Cassidy Beck said when the group chose their community service project, they wanted to share the opportunity to make memories with struggling families.
“When we decided on a service project for this semester, we all agreed that some of our favorite memories came from family gatherings, like Thanksgiving,” Beck said. “By serving these families, we ensure that they have the opportunity to create their own memorable experiences with their loved ones. “
The LPC, also known as the Phi Delta Theta chapter of RSU, fulfills many roles in the school, including organizing campus events and participating in community service activities. LPC director Dr James Ford said students are required to perform community service, but students choose how it is done.
“It was a great idea that the students pitched from planning to delivery,” said Ford. “Students do all kinds of service learning throughout the year. It is essential for their education that they connect with the community at large, whether it is in Claremore or in their own hometown across Oklahoma.
The LPC collected donations of stuffing mix, potatoes, macaroni and cheese, yams and more. They also collected cash donations which they used to buy more food on behalf of donors.
“What’s great about the program is how it brings together bright young leaders from all walks of life,” said Ford. “It’s a tough environment because most of them are used to being in charge. They quickly learn to work well together.