With hard-rocking guitars and vocals, IPR’s first-ever Community Service Day benefit concert raised close to $1,000 earlier this month. Students, faculty and staff came together to support UNICEF’s No Forgotten Children of Syria campaign through donations for raffle prizes, lunch, and admittance to performances by Kevin Bowe and the Okemah Prophets and Alison Scott.
Numerous classes helped plan and host the concert and community service day. Composition students put together a timeline of events to explain the situation in Syria, Desktop Production students distributed fliers to spread awareness of the plight of children in Syria and promote the fundraising concert, and photography students captured the day’s events. No class worked harder, though, than Aneesa Adams’s Global Citizenship class.
Together the students from the Global Citizenship class developed ways of advertising the campaign such as developing posters or pushing the information out on social media. Other students managed the weeklong “swear jar” campaign, placing jars around campus for students and staff to drop spare change into.
Others in the class secured raffle items along with staff members. Among items raffled off at the end of the concert were four VIP tickets to the Soundset hip-hop festival, two Minnesota Lynx tickets, a microphone from Sweetwater, a ukulele from Twin Town Guitars, brunch for two at Ike’s, and even two six-packs of home-brewed beer.
“As college students, we can tend to get wrapped up in all our own activities,” said Global Citizenship student Jenna Rowe. “Between class, homework, work and social calendars, it’s easy to forget that there is a big, wide world out there. A class like Global Citizenship forces us to open our eyes to the world. It’s a reminder that we are part of something much bigger.
“Taking part in events like these help students feel the good created in the world just by lending a helping hand,” Rowe said. “Even a little time will be enough to make a difference in a person’s life, so don’t be afraid to say ‘I can help’ because whatever you have to give, it will be appreciated.”