Giving Back While Applying Classroom Skills

It’s the season of giving and students in the Professional Communications II class were inspired to support the American Family Children’s Hospital this quarter by coordinating a drive to collect both funds and toys for hospital children in need. 

The class worked in committees to tackle public marketing, on-campus marketing and crowdsourcing/fundraising. 

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The Professional Communications II class with the toys they collected for American Family Children's Hospital.

Throughout the project, students applied the skills they were learning in class. They worked on their written communication skills by creating announcements and posters, and they worked on their verbal communication skills by working on teams and reporting back to the class regarding their progress. 

The drive ran from Nov. 10-19 and the students collected $50 and 20 toys for the children. 

For many students, this was the first time they were part of an effort like this.

They got to learn new skills and learn what went well and what could have been improved upon if they were to do anything like this in the future. It was also an opportunity for them to learn about the American Family Children’s Hospital and those that they serve. 

“The fundraiser was a good opportunity for us to give back to the community, especially since it is so close to the holidays,” said veterinary technology student, Jennifer Gall. “The children are fighting to stay healthy and it is something small that we can do for them to help brighten their day as they are healing.”

If you are looking for a way to give back this holiday season or any time of the year, check out the United Way of Dane County’s VolunteerYourTime.org. There is an opportunity for everyone!