WWU current and incoming students stuff buddy packs

Each spring, students
who plan to
attend William Woods University in the fall
attend an event called Woods 101. It is
usually a time to register for classes, but this year, a community service
component was added.
At an activity fair hosted by Admissions, students joined Pi
Chi counselors in helping the
Fulton community by stuffing 100 Buddy Packs.
Alma Schmidt of Central Christian Church is the
true initiator of the philanthropy work.
“It started out with church members,
and it’s moved out into the
community into the
businesses and organizations,” Schmidt said.
Each week, 255
backpacks are made and delivered to McIntire, Bartley and Bush elementary
schools on Friday
morning. Any child who receives a
free lunch is eligible for a Buddy Pack.
“The Food Bank isn’t able to supply these students due to the
high number,” Schmidt said. “This does help them with food for the weekend.”
She added, “The community has been very supportive. It’s been
amazing all the phone calls I’ve gotten. Individuals churches, organizations, different clubs
have come forward. Everybody
is so willing to do something.”
The William Woods University Panhellenic Council was one
of the organizations that volunteered
to help.
Panhellenic President Jessie
Brunelle said, “We wanted to have an activity to get prospective students
involved with Greek life. By doing this service activity, it gave them a small
look into what Greeks
on our campus do.”
Pi Chis, who act as counselors
during the week of recruitment, helped set up tables
with food and bags for incoming students to pack.
Lauren Billington, a Pi Chi, said she hoped incoming students
would associate Greek
life with philanthropy work.
“I hope they said to themselves, ‘Oh, they are involved in Greek life
and these are some of the good things that they are
doing. If I get involved in this, then I will be able to
do something.'”
Billington added, “Because it’s
something simple to do, but it means a lot to the community, it’s just an easy
way to have an impact.”  
Shelby Lecuru, a senior at
Jefferson City’s Helias
High School, said, “I
wasn’t expecting it. I felt that it was
great. It’s always cool to know that you’re
helping someone else.”
Brunelle thought the experience was an eye-opening one as it benefited so
many people. Combining
two activities into one not
only gave incoming students a chance to mingle, but helped feed needy elementary
students in the process.

Sarah Munns, director of admissions, said, “We really
wanted to perform a community service project with our incoming students this
year, and we hope to make this an annual tradition.
 It’s great to be
able to give back to the community.”