Baker College and Shiawassee Regional Education Service District (SRESD) students were moved to make a difference and give back this fall. Guided by student leader Nevaeh Ginger of the Baker/Shiawassee RESD Running Start program's Criminal Justice II class, students organized a pop can drive that raised $826 for Capital Area Community Services (CACS). CACS works toward eliminating the causes and conditions of poverty in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, and Shiawassee Counties.
The pop can drive was a success due to the Automotive, Health Science Academy, and the Criminal Justice classes' combined efforts. Students participated in a weeklong competition to see who could collect the most cans, with the Criminal Justice I class raising the most money.
"I want to thank everyone for supporting the Baker/Shiawassee RESD community service project," said Dr. Kristina Marshall, Baker College Director of Human Services Programming and Running Start Faculty Liaison for BC Owosso. "Despite being in the middle of a pandemic and having numerous restrictions placed upon them because of this, the students collected $826 to be given to those serving the homeless in our community. A population that the students selected. I am proud of all our students."
The students reached out to CACS and surprised them with a "big check" on November 5th at the Baker College of Owosso campus.
Baker College hosts the Shiawassee RESD programs that participated in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) community service project through the Running Start program. The program is designed to help high school students earn college credits at little or no cost to them or their families.
For more information about the Baker College Running Start Program, visit the Running Start program page.