Close to 50 children will
have a happier holiday this year, thanks to the generosity of Southeast
Community College employees. A “Giving Tree” was put up at the Lincoln Campus
for children of Transitions and TRIO students. This is the second year the
Giving Tree event was held, and each year more and more employees contribute.
“Our Transitions and TRIO parents
work so hard and do such a wonderful job juggling their studies and job in
addition to taking care of their families,” said Shannon Brinkman, director of
Tutoring and Transitions. “The Giving Tree is our way to acknowledge these
students’ persistence and help them celebrate their achievements by bringing a
little holiday cheer their way.”
Tags with suggested gifts
were on the tree for the past few weeks in the Transitions offices, and SCC employees
were able to select a tag off the tree to purchase the gift, wrap it, and put
it under the tree. The gifts were picked up on Friday, Dec. 17.
“I want to thank you for
giving my child an opportunity to receive a toy this year,” said Maria, one of
the Transitions students. “Thank you for putting a smile on all of the
Brinkman said next year they
hope to expand the Giving Tree to students in other areas of the College.
The Transitions team helps
students improve their test scores and prepares them for college-level
coursework. TRIO is a federally funded program helping students who are first
generation, have limited income or are experiencing difficulties.