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Bookstores to celebrate students Thursday
Oct. 1, 2013
Community College of Rhode Island Bookstore Director Don Baker said the stores at each campus are looking forward to giving back to the students – and helping students give back to their community – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, in honor of National Student Day.
Sponsored by the National Association of College Stores, National Student Day is a day set aside for college bookstores to invite service organizations from the community onto campus to expose them to students, who come to the event drawn by the promises of raffle prizes and popcorn and walk away with the opportunity to change lives around the state.
Baker said that last year was the first the college participated in the event, and it was quite successful, drawing a sizable crowd of students who stayed to learn about Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Ocean State and the Make-A-Wish Foundation and signed up to help the organizations in the future. “They left very happy with the number of names they collected,” Baker said.
This year, the bookstore has lined up representatives from Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Americorps to come to the Knight Campus in Warwick, while the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln will host the Cumberland-Lincoln Boys and Girls Club. In addition to the opportunity to speak with group organizers, students can enjoy refreshments and freshly popped popcorn, take home free T-shirts while supplies last, and enter to win raffle prizes such as backpacks, art supplies, and the big ticket item: a Nook HD Plus.
While there will be no service organizations on hand at the Liston Campus in Providence and the Newport County Campus, the bookstores will continue to promote the purpose of Student Day by handing out fliers and information on local volunteer opportunities. Those locations also will be raffling off Nooks, said Baker.
“It’s nice to give back to the students and to let them know the bookstore is here to serve them,” said Baker of why he enjoys hosting the event. “And it’s great to promote social responsibility on college campuses, and open students’ eyes to volunteer opportunities in the community.
“Everyone leaves with a smile on their face,” he added.
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