By MEREDITH BARKER
Students from the Northeastern State University Media Campaigns and Events class in the Media Studies curriculum, along with members of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, have raised more than $3,000 for Tahlequah Public Schools Special Olympics through donations and two fundraising events.
The class will continue their fundraising efforts Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m., at the RiverHawks softball double header.
The class and ASA will pass buckets at both softball games, asking for donations to help send TPS Special Athletes to the state Special Olympics in Stillwater. The overall campaign goal is $4,000, but the students are hopeful they will supersede the original goal.
“Phi Sigma Kappa gave a check to us for $2,000,” said Josh Maxwell, a Tahlequah graduate student. “I think we're well on our way to reaching our $4,000 goal.”
Michelle Miron, a Broken Arrow senior, said the campaign has raised many generous donations, both small and big, including a $300 donation from Armstrong Bank.
“The campaigns class set a $4,000 goal to meet. We are already above $3,000, which is boosting our excitement of the campaign even more,” said Miron. “We have received many generous donations both small and big.”
Jasmine Wright, a graduate student from Dallas, organized both pass the bucket events. She said she knew there would be a large crowd at the games, and this type of thing has not been done before. She thought the class should give it a try.
“I think the first pass the bucket was a good success,” said Wright. “There were some things that we will improve on with the organization part of it, but overall, it got us a good head start on our big goal.”
Each of the students has individual reasons for involvement in this campaign, ranging from class requirement to personal investment in the cause.
“This campaign gives me joy to see those kids’ faces light up when they see someone who cares,” said Wright. “At our second event, pass the bucket, when those kids received a standing ovation, the look in their eyes was a feeling that I don’t believe I will ever feel again.”
Miron said NSU students, faculty and staff have been an integral part of the campaign thus far, and the class is asking them to show up again.
“I was surprised at how much NSU has given toward our campaign,” said Wright. “I would say they are behind us all the way. I am excited to see how it goes.”
Anyone interested in donating should bring cash or a check made payable to TPS Special Olympics to the softball games on April 13 at 1 p.m.
To make a donation separate from the pass the bucket event, call Dr. Dana Eversole, professor of Media Studies, at (918) 444-2891.