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JUNE 2017

SJR State Rotaract Clubs collect diapers for families in need

students collect diapers

Rotaract Club members on the Palatka and Orange Park campuses of St. Johns River State College recently collected nearly 3,000 packages of diapers to benefit the Healthy Start of North Central Florida Coalition, which serves area families in need. The drive was conducted in honor of National Child Abuse Prevent Month.

According to Healthy Start, statistics reveal that babies who cry non-stop because of soiled diapers are more at risk of being abused. Palatka campus Rotaract faculty advisor Brittnee Fisher said, “As part of this project, the students took the time to inform others about how these diapers might help prevent babies in our community from being abused.”

Fisher said that a healthy number of donations were received, thanks to Rotaract members’ enthusiasm for the drive. Mathematics professor Traci Reed was also on board, offering extra credit to her students who participated in the diaper drive. “So many of the donations that we received were thanks to her,” said Fisher.

Terri Dew, faculty advisor of the Orange Park campus Rotaract Club, said she is impressed by the way the two clubs worked collaboratively on this very worthy project.




PHOTO CAPTION:
In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Rotaract Club members on the Palatka and Orange Park campuses of St. Johns River State College collected nearly 3,000 packages of diapers to benefit the Healthy Start of North Central Florida Coalition, which provides services to area families in need.

Pictured – L – R:
1st row: Shandette Ballesta, Orange Park Rotaract Club secretary; Alec Rance, Orange Park Rotaract Club treasurer.

2nd row:
Joneal Porter, Palatka campus Rotaract Club president; Brittnee Fisher, Palatka campus Rotaract Club faculty advisor; Terri Dew, Orange Park Rotaract Club faculty advisor; Armando Tolentino, Orange Park Rotaract Club President; Rayah Lealie, Orange Park Rotaract president-elect.

 

 

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