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Lakeland College students and faculty members worked together to make a difference as the college had its second annual "Make a Difference Day" on Saturday, Oct. 21.
A group that included 50 Lakeland students and seven Lakeland professors volunteered at four places around Sheboygan County to do community service.
The volunteers had breakfast on campus, and then were bussed to the following places:
"Make a Difference Day" was coordinated by the Lakeland College Faculty Outreach Committee, which is chaired by Alicia Helion, a member of Lakeland's psychology faculty. The group came back to campus and enjoyed a thank you lunch to wrap up their day.
"I think it exceeded our expectations," Helion said. "It was a really productive day considering the number of athletic events going on the day."
"Make a Difference Day" is one example of different programs that Lakeland has started to give students more opportunities to do community service.
Lakeland president Stephen Gould has a goal of seeing every student on campus do some community service each school year. Lakeland has one of its hall directors, Hannah Hitterman, working as coordinator of community service, and she lets students know about community service projects and volunteer work throughout the area.
Some Lakeland classes have students work community service as part of their requirements, such as Core III, which is required for seniors.
Helion said every participant in "Make a Difference Day" benefited from the experience, and it helped people outside Lakeland know that college has something to offer to the greater community.
"Service to the community is important to every student's character and every faculty member's character," she said. "It's important that people know that Lakeland is out there and they see that we have great students and great faculty.
"We have the spirit of helping here. We need to make that more clear. We're doing it, but it's more the behind-the-scenes helping."