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Points of Cougar Pride - Community Partnerships 2010-2011
Community Partnerships 2010-2011
More than 120 junior high and high school students attended one of two Nurse Camps in June and August 2011 at the Central Park Campus. The annual camp is intended to teach interested students about careers in nursing. Activities included training in CPR, live simulations, a tour of a CareFlite helicopter, games and a live code situation led by Collin College nursing students.

The Collin College EMS classes Nos. 10 and 11 volunteered at the Special Olympics at The University of Texas at Arlington Memorial Day weekend 2011. The students helped with basic first aid and treatment for heat exhaustion.

Students from the Social Justice Club, as well as Professor Salena Brody's social psychology class, came together to create the "Blossoms of Hope" project April 15 in the quad at the Preston Ridge Campus raising $1,327 for the American Red Cross. The funds were for the relief effort in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami.

Michele Brown, faculty and chair of the pastry arts program with the Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Education, and Pat McAuliff, director of the Fire Academy, finished third in the second annual Chefs on Fire fundraiser April 10 at The Shops at Park Lane in Dallas.Chefs on Fire is a cooking competition that teams a local firefighter with a local chef. All proceeds benefit the Parkland Hospital Burn Unit.

Twenty-seven dental hygiene students volunteered for the annual Give Kids a Smile event providing free dental care for 117 Plano ISD children. Collin College students teamed with students from the Baylor College of Dentistry and helped provide X-rays, polishes, cleanings, fluoride treatments and lessons in oral health.

Writers' Bloc: The Collin Literary Society, a student organization at the Central Park Campus, recently held an end-of-semester book drive to benefit the Celina Public Library. Students, faculty, and staff at the Central Park Campus donated almost 300 books, DVDs and other materials to donate to the new Celina Public Library. The book drive marked Writers' Bloc first semester as an official Collin College group and members hope the book drive will become an annual event.

The Social Justice Club and a social psychology class raised almost $2,000 for victims of the floods in southern Pakistan during the Preston Ridge Campus’ annual Rockin’ the Ridge event. Students wore bright orange T-Shirts with a slogan that said “Text to Save a Life.” Posters were put up, a table was laid with dozens of cookies and coupons and ‘orange’ became the color of spreading kindness. Participants reached out to more than a 100 people, who stopped by the Social Justice Club booth and flooded the donation jar with their generosity.

Sponsored by the All College Council, Collin College filled 135 Harvest Boxes for Collin County Meals on Wheels. The foodstuff collected will benefit the elderly and shut-in populations of Collin County. Collin College was one of the top three contributors.

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