Lake Erie students join Ohio’s independent colleges to relieve students in Texas


Kindness is priceless. Recent devastation in Texas has brought as much to light. In the name of kindness, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) and students throughout Ohio are banding together in an effort to raise $5,000 for their equals in Texas. The project is called Student to Student: Kindness Matters from Ohio to Texas.

Lake Erie College challenges our own to express their genuine care in support of fellow students, and they are already rising to the call. Our campus, along with others at private and independent colleges across Ohio, devotes itself to fostering civility and a nurturing environment for students to learn.

Students are asked to consider donating the monetary value of their own daily essentials, personal belongings important to campus living. When they decide to donate via GoFundMe, they will help the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) replace similar items in the lives of Texas students suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Cash donations may be made here.

Our sense of shared purpose grows clearer as need evolves in Texas. So far, LEC students have put forth a diverse effort to provide assistance.

To benefit the relief in Houston, Texas, the LEC women’s volleyball team has arranged a 5v5 basketball tournament fundraiser. Each participant in “Hoops for Houston” will donate $3.00 to compete in the event on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center. The volleyball and football teams have vowed to match the amount raised.

In addition, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is holding a t-shirt drive Sept. 1-9 in the A & W Center. They collected donations at the men’s and women’s soccer home openers Sept. 3 and 4, and they will accept more at the football home opener Saturday, Sept. 9.

AICUO President Todd Jones said, “This is a great way for our Ohio independent college students to reach out with the most urgent need of funding to the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT), a peer organization to AICUO.”

Lake Erie College is proud to join many others to send kindness, help and money to Texas students.

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