SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — Santa Claus was spotted on the campus of Clarks Summit University (CSU) last weekend during homecoming. Although the jolly fellow didn’t turn out to be the “real” Santa, he and his group of friends did bring to the school the Christmas spirit of giving.
The class of dual-enrolled high school/CSU students is conducting a fundraiser that provides a chance for people in the CSU community to give two gifts at once: a donation to the class’ upcoming trip to the Disney Leadership Program at Walt Disney World and a pre-Christmas treat for a friend during some of the most stressful days of college.
“During finals week, for a $10 donation, Santa Claus will deliver a dozen cookies to a (college) student you can pick,” explained 10th-grader Stephen Himka, of Factoryville.
Each student in the Introduction to Business Management and Communication class took on a different role in the project, such as making and putting up posters and working on the details for the homecoming booth. Himka, along with another student, Caden Arendt, of Scott Township, worked on the fundraiser’s web presence. Himka made a facebook event page to help get the word out and Arendt created a Go Fund Me account to collect donations/orders from people who weren’t able to attend the homecoming events.
Here’s how it works: to make a donation and send a plate of cookies to a CSU student during finals week, Dec. 12 through 16, visit bit.ly/2e9j13x by Dec. 1 and click on “donate now.” Enter a donation amount ($10 or more grants one plate of cookies to a student), along with the other information requested. In the comments box, include the name, dorm and room number of the cookie recipient. Those who know multiple students or don’t want to leave anyone out may also order plates for a whole suite or floor.
The class, which is comprised mostly of homeschool students and some from Abington Christian Academy, gives the teens a chance to learn how business works from a behind-the-scenes perspective.
High school junior Miriam Morley, of Tunkhannock, said one example of this is the real-life lesson they received in budgeting.
“We had to figure out how much everything would cost and how much we could make,” she said.
Vanessa Monaghan, of Scranton, also a high school junior, attended the Disney Leadership Program with the group about two years ago and said the trip helped her better understand how the different parts of a business fit together.
“One of the managers talked to us and went over how Disney is run,” she said. “It was really interesting.”