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ASP’s Third Annual Day of Service a Success

In an Update to a story previously reported on by WRGC, ASP’s third annual Day of Service was widely considered a success. Western Carolina University’s Academic Success Program and community partners raised nearly $4,000 for The Community Table, Jackson Neighbors in Need and Communities in Schools during the third annual ASP Day of Service that was held on July 20. Nearly $2,000 of the $4,000 raised to benefit the three Jackson County nonprofit organizations came from the ASP Day of Service festival held at Bridge Park. The event featured carnival games for children, a raffle, live music, informational booths for local nonprofit organizations, a benefit lunch from Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and a fake jail fundraiser. An evening benefit concert was performed by PMA and Porch 40. Also, Walmart of Sylva provided $1,500 in grant awards to the nonprofit organizations and served as a designated donation site, collecting an additional $500 in donations and items from the nonprofits’ wish lists. In addition, about 170 ASP students and faculty and staff members from WCU completed more than 900 hours of service for Catman2, Appalachian Homestead Farm and Preserve, the Sylva Rotary, the Community Garden, WATR river cleanup, Pathways Thrift Store and a roadside cleanup along Highway 107 and Old Cullowhee Road. Partnering on the service effort were ASP, Walmart, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, the Town of Sylva, the WCU Center for Service Learning, the Sylva Rotary, WCU Athletics, 540-AM WRGC, the Sylva Police Department and other Sylva businesses and nonprofit organizations.

For more information, contact Glenda Hensley, director of First Year Experiences at WCU, at ghensley@wcu.edu or 828-227-2786, or visit fye.wcu.edu online.


WCU’s Academic Success Program Set for this Saturday

Western Carolina University’s Academic Success Program (ASP) students have collaborated with the Town of Sylva, Walmart of Sylva, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, and several area nonprofits and businesses to host the third annual Day of Service this Saturday in the Bridge Park. The festival in the park will include games, food, music, and nonprofit vendors from 9am-1pm. At 11am, Harrah’s will provide a lunch fundraiser to include grilled flat iron steaks, grilled chicken, baby red potatoes, fire roasted corn salad, warm tortillas, and clover honey baklava. A kids’ lunch box will include a hot dog, potato chips, fresh apple slices, a fruit snack, and a toy surprise. Festival attendees can also enjoy local musicians, Sugar Barnes, Perfect Third, and John Luke Carter on the Bridge Park stage. In the evening, from 5-9pm, there will be a benefit concert in the Bridge Park, featuring local bands, P.M.A (Positive Mental Attitude) and Porch 40. Food vendors and nonprofits will be set up throughout the evening as well, and all proceeds and donations directly benefit the Community Table, Jackson Neighbors in Need, and Communities in Schools Great Smoky Mountains. Jack the Dipper Ice Cream will be set up in the park, selling ice cream at the morning festival, and during the evening celebration, donating 10% of the day’s sales to the three benefit organizations. Throughout the day, ASP students will be volunteering in a variety of service projects throughout Jackson County, to benefit Catman2, Appalachian Homestead Farm and Preserve, Sylva Rotary, river cleanup, Pathways Thrift Store, Full Spectrum Farms, and roadside cleanup along Highway 107 and Old Cullowhee Road. Support, volunteers, and donations from local businesses have helped to make this event possible. Walmart of Sylva has generously awarded a $500 grant to each of the benefit organizations: the Community Table, Jackson Neighbors in Need, and Communities in Schools. In addition to Walmart and Harrah’s, community sponsors include WRGC Radio, Signature Brew Coffee Company, the River Jordan Christian Store, In Your Ear Music, Friends of the Jackson County Public Library, Survival Pride Clothing, Heinzelmannchen​, Finders Keepers, City Lights Bookstore, Hollifield Jewelers, It’s By Nature, and Soul Infusion Tea House and Bistro. These businesses and organizations are providing prizes for a raffle sponsored by the Town of Sylva, hosting donation jars, and making monetary contributions to local nonprofits. Questions about the Day of Service can be directed to Glenda Hensley, at ghensley@email.​wcu.edu.