As part of a community service project, incoming freshmen this semester spent time packing 3,200 bags for Food for Thought, a local nonprofit organization that collects food for elementary and middle-school students in Mineral County. Approximately 400 students are sent home each weekend with a food packet containing items such as crackers, cereals, noodles, mac-n-cheese, pudding cups, and cookies. The freshmen packed enough food packets to provide students with eight weeks’ worth of food.
In recognition of 9/11, WVU Potomac State College students delivered thank you cards signed by students, faculty and staff and cookies to the area’s first responders including: the Keyser Police Dept., Mineral County Sheriff’s Dept., Keyser EMS, Mineral County Emergency Management 911; Valley Medical Transport, and WVU PSC University Police. We will never forget! Pictured from left: Nicole Chadderton, Americorps VISTA member, Students David Reckart, Bateson Sheets, Hope Marling, Paramedic Robert Haggerty, Student Vanessa Boggess, Medic Tony Amtower, Paramedic Leo Eberly, Students Dylan Loomis, Bradley Sisler, and Jared Carter.
Approximately 40 students volunteered to help plant trees on campus this semester. Grant Administrator William Letrent wrote and won a Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree grant from Cacapon Institute to plant 24 trees around the Administration Building, the Quad and surrounding areas. The initiative was under the direction of Biology Professors Vicki Huffman and Erin Cunningham. This is one of seven CommuniTree projects that will be taking place this fall. Since 2012, CommuniTree has sponsored 233 tree planting projects in the Potomac Headwaters and planted more than 6,200 trees with a little more than 15,000 volunteers.
PSC Serves You Club members participated in litter cleanup during Homecoming on a three-mile stretch of the James “Aubrey” Stewart Memorial Highway near Piedmont, W.Va. Pictured in the forefront is student, Julie Fertig. Also helping with the cleanup was PSC Education Professor and Club Advisor Ruth Upton, her husband, Frank, and T.J. Coleman, who served as the force behind the Aubrey Stewart Project.