RLC students stocking up for AmeriCorps Week

Food Drive for elementary students March 5-7 in Student Center

INA, Ill. (Feb. 28, 2013) – “Hunger Doesn’t Take A Spring Break.” That’s the slogan for an upcoming food drive, organized by Rend Lake College students in the AmeriCorps program.
    Their mission is to deliver as much non-perishable food as they can to local elementary schools when AmeriCorps Week kicks off March 11. To do that, they are asking local residents to bring pantry items to the RLC Student Center between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., March 5 and 6, or 11 a.m. to noon on March 7.
    “We will be accepting pantry items like canned goods and boxed foods, such as cereals, granola bars, dry pastas, and other boxed foods,” said RLC AmeriCorps Campus Coordinator Leah Conner. “We plan to make bags with the donations we receive to disperse to participating schools. The participating schools will be giving the items to students in need for their spring break week.”
      
    WHAT: AmeriCorps Week Food Drive     
    WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 5 and 6; and 11 a.m. to noon, March 7
    WHERE: RLC Student Center on the campus in Ina
    
    Additional information is available by contacting RLC AmeriCorps Campus Coordinator Leah Conner at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1266.

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Rend Lake College is located on the scenic eastern shore of beautiful Rend Lake in Southern Illinois. The college offers a wide variety of degree programs and occupational certificates in more than 100 programs of study, as well as customized training programs for business and industry, and lifelong learning opportunities for community members. Rend Lake College students enjoy the small class sizes and personalized instruction from a college small enough to get to know them on a personal basis, and large enough to meet their educational needs. It ranked in the top 10 percent of peer community colleges in the nation in 2011 and 2012, according to the Washington D.C.-based non-profit The Aspen Institute. Recent figures show RLC students reach their educational goals at twice the average rate of students attending two-year public colleges in Illinois. Rend Lake College’s graduation rate is among the leaders in the state. To find out more about RLC, call the college at 618-437-5321, or go online to www.rlc.edu. 

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