Little Rock Sponsors “Spring Fling” to Help Tornado Victims

Contributed by Tamara Purnell, Executive Assistant

Hula-hoop group at Little Rock

Hula-hoop group at Little Rock

A “Spring Fling” event was held on the grounds of our Little Rock Campus on May 15, 2014, to collect items needed for those affected by recent tornadoes around the Little Rock area.

Fifteen people were killed during an outbreak of tornadoes near Little Rock on April 27 that destroyed hundreds of homes.

Jennifer Poldo, Program Director for the Medical Assisting and Medical Assisting with X-ray (Limited Scope) diploma programs, coordinated the on-Campus event. Participants were encouraged to bring an item to donate toward tornado relief efforts.

Fun with the ring toss

Fun with the ring toss

Nachos and hot dogs with chili and cheese toppings were sold, and activities included a hula-hoop contest, a beanbag game, and a ring toss.

Items collected during the hour-long event included about 10 bags of clothing, two cases of Gatorade and water, one bag of bedding, one large box full of food items such as cereal bars, crackers, and canned goods, and one large box of toiletries including soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and more. Approximately $80 was also collected.

On line to buy hot dogs and nachos

On line to buy hot dogs and nachos

The Campus coordinated with a local radio station, 105.1 The Wolf, to distribute the items to those in Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas, some of the places that experienced extensive damage from the tornadoes.

Little Rock Executive Assistant Tamara Purnell said, “Everyone seemed to enjoy this gathering, especially because it was for such a good cause. It also allowed our students to get together and celebrate the end of their modules.”

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