Contributed by Jason Bruno, Degree Department Chairperson
The United Way Day of Action focuses on three principles of PACT UNITED: Education, Earnings, and Essentials.
Our students and faculty volunteered to read to approximately 60 children aged 7 to 8 at the Comeaux Center, in Lafayette. As part of this program, Louisiana culture was integrated, including the crawfish races, which were a tremendous hit with the children.
Students and faculty read the book “Victor Vito and Freddie Vasco” to the children, who also learned the song that goes with the story. A sing-off was held, and the group that won received beaded crawfish necklaces. The children were given coloring sheets and a word search game, and the event was capped off with a Survivor game. Each child received a bag of learning and fun activities to bring home.
The day ended with the following UNITED results for Acadiana:
EDUCATION to help more children graduate on time:
- 585 children participated in shared reading experiences.
- 200 Summer Smarts totes were distributed to children in summer programs.
- 230 children received career coaching tips to help shape their futures.
EARNINGS to help more families become financially stable:
- 230 children were taught money management skills.
- 43 individuals became trained as budget buddies.
ESSENTIALS to help neighbors meet their basic needs:
- Eight projects to support the United Way’s Essentials initiative were completed (including community gardens, preparing and serving meals, repacking and preparing food boxes).
- Three companies hosted internal food drives.
Everyone involved enjoy the event, and our Lafayette Campus looks forward to participating again next year.