Contributed by Dana Seelye, Campus Librarian and Student Services Coordinator
In late August, excitement was in the air in the area around Remington College – Fort Worth Campus. You could tell from the faces of people you met in the local Fort Worth beauty parlor, barber shop, and grocery store aisles that something was coming. That something was the beginning of the school year for grade school and high school students alike.
For some children, however, the new school year was not so exciting. These children, many of whom have no home, were headed to school with only the clothes on their backs. They didn’t have much at all, least of all any new pens, pencils, bookbags, or notebook paper to use or share with their schoolmates.
But thanks to SafeHaven of Tarrant County, a local refuge for abused and battered families, these kids can be safe, have a warm place to sleep, be around people who care about them, and make sure their tummies are full.
For two months prior to the beginning of the school year in Fort Worth, our Fort Worth Campus collected a variety of items like crayons, glue, paper, notebooks, scissors, pencils, pens, backpacks, and more, all for the benefit of SafeHaven’s children.
In the halls between classes during the collection drive, the talk centered not on what great new movie was playing in town but on who had spiral notebooks on sale for 15 cents. People who contributed had the honor of signing their name to our “Wall of Honor” in the Student Center and could share in a sense of pride that the Fort Worth Campus would not be letting our younger generation of students go without.
Campus President Gregg Falcon thought that this was a cause for celebration. And celebrate they did, with special invitations extended to all contributors to come to the front of the line and partake in the best hamburgers that Facilities Manager Anthony Ordille could make.
Even though the latest class module at Fort Worth had already begun, there was time enough for everyone to pause and remember just how exciting school can be, and how wonderful it feels to give to those who really need us.