Students give back to KidSpirit
Inspired by all they've gained as leaders and mentors in OSU's KidSpirit program, two OSU students have initiated an effort encouraging fellow students to join them as donors.
In this popular College of Health and Human Sciences program for area youth, OSU students lead fun, educational activities focused on everything from health and science to physical activities and creative arts. While the children increase their skills and confidence, their student teachers also gain invaluable experience.
"I really saw what the program can do for me, professionally and as a person," said OSU sophomore Kasra Azizian. He wanted to give back.
Kasra and fellow KidSpirit student leader Adam Aguilar came up with a plan to challenge their fellow staff members to donate to the program. A student in OSU's New Media Communications program, Kasra created a website and video supporting the effort. To date 25 students and staff have become "KidSpirit Heroes," each pledging at least $10 per month to help the program provide more scholarships for children, hire more staff, and update its equipment.
"I can't express how cool it is, especially in these economic times, to have students initiate this and [say], 'Let's be part of the solution,'" said KidSpirit director Karen Swanger.
Kasra will be the featured student speaker at the March 31 Corvallis reception for members of the President's Circle.
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