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North Lake College Students Give Back

Holiday charity work impacts campus and community
IRVING- With the holidays fast approaching, students at North Lake College (NLC) are spending less time in the mall and more time practicing the art of giving. Donation items range from holiday cards for the troops to clothing and food for the Genesis Women’s Shelter. 
“I purposefully do not offer extra credit to my students for donating items,” explains psychology professor Enrique Otero. “I prefer that they donate out of genuine goodwill.” Despite the lack of external reward, however, North Lake students remain eager to give.
In fact, students recently filled an entire empty office with donations for Terrell State Psychiatric Hospital. Led by NLC’s Psi Beta Honor Society, the fundraiser produced a wide range of donation items, including track shoes, Frisbees and winter coats.
Also making the season bright is the NLC Blazer Student Store. Operating year-round, the Blazer Student Store functions much like a thrift store, but instead of U.S. currency, it uses Blazer Bucks. Students may acquire Bucks in a variety of ways, including classroom participation, trading items from home, and winning them at campus events. Plus, every December, each student is freely given 30 dollars in Blazer Bucks to shop for their holiday needs. “Spending time in the store has helped me considerably with my own personal struggles,” explained student Regina Fischer in the October edition of the News-Register. “When I feel like I am having a difficult day, I go down to the store and volunteer. Helping others puts my life in perspective.” Students experiencing a hardship are given Blazer Bucks or Blazer Food Vouchers free, no questions asked.
To join North Lake College in meeting real community needs, call NLC Service Learning at 972-273-3080. The NLC Service Learning program allows students to pair academic instruction with active community service.
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