Day of Service boosts local charities

Taylor Keever, a student in WCU's Academic Success Program, gives a young carnival-goer a face tattoo as part of a Day of Service on Saturday, July 16. The fundraising event at the Sylva Walmart Supercenter netted more than $1,800 apiece in cash and supplies for the Community Table and REACH of Jackson County.

Taylor Keever, a student in WCU’s Academic Success Program, gives a young carnival-goer a face tattoo as part of a Day of Service on Saturday, July 16. The fundraising event at the Sylva Walmart Supercenter netted more than $1,800 apiece in cash and supplies for the Community Table and REACH of Jackson County.

A Day of Service event sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Academic Success Program, working with associates from the Sylva Walmart Supercenter, has raised more than $1,800 in cash and much-needed items for two Jackson County charitable organizations.

Students in WCU’s Academic Success Program, who begin their college experience early by participating in a six-week summer session prior to the fall semester of their freshman year, sold tickets for a carnival featuring food and games Saturday, July 16, in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot.

Money raised during the carnival, combined with contributions from Walmart, totaled $2,614.50, which was split evenly between the Community Table and REACH of Jackson County. Walmart also contributed food and drinks for volunteers, and sponsored a concert by The Mixx.

In addition, visitors to Walmart during the Day of Service had the opportunity to shop for items on a wish-list provided by the Community Table and REACH, with approximately $500 in merchandise contributed to each of the two agencies.

The Day of Service also enabled another group of ASP students to volunteer their time and services to other community programs – Full Spectrum Farms, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Skyland Care Center and CuRvE, or the Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor.

“This venture allowed our students and members of our community to meet one another and work on mutual goals through a spirit of volunteerism that we all can be proud of,” said Murat Yazan, lecturer in WCU’s Department of English and one of the event organizers.

The ASP program assists students in making a successful transition to the university and includes opportunities for students to become fully engaged as members of the university and the local community.

The Day of Service was sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Academic Success Program, First Year Experience, Center for Service Learning and Quality Enhancement Plan and by Sylva of Walmart.

Brooke Davidson, a student in the university's Academic Success Program, leads a bubble gum-blowing contest as part of a fundraising event at the Sylva Walmart Supercenter. In addition to providing contributions of cash and supplies to the Community Table and REACH of Jackson County, the Day of Service also enabled other ASP students to work with other community programs across Jackson County.

Brooke Davidson, a student in the university’s Academic Success Program, leads a bubble gum-blowing contest as part of a fundraising event at the Sylva Walmart Supercenter. In addition to providing contributions of cash and supplies to the Community Table and REACH of Jackson County, the Day of Service also enabled other ASP students to work with other community programs across Jackson County.