Spare change sought for an educational cause

Can you spare some loose change for a good cause?

Students from the International College of the Cayman Islands will kick off the 1 Cent scholarship fund drive on Saturday, 4 June, asking people to donate their spare change to help fund education for those in financial need.

“Most people have some spare change lying around their house, cars or the bottom of their purse,” said student Weston Williams. If most people donated their spare change, he said, it could add up to a significant contribution for the scholarship fund.

“Through this small effort, we hope to raise at least $500, and through the support of the community we hope we will surpass 
this goal.”

Some 30 students from the college are expected to participate in the scholarship drive, starting at 6.30am and continuing through the afternoon on Saturday. They will be visiting supermarkets and other high-traffic areas across the island seeking donations.

The 1 Cent scholarship fund drive is one of three class projects in a sociology class at the college with a focus on community service at the grassroots level. Assistant Professor Rick Singer, who teaches the Social Problems class, said he challenges students to take action in a tangible way to effect 
social change.

“I believe we can all make a difference if we follow Gandhi’s words ‘Be the change you want to see in the world,’” said Mr. Singer. “Many positive changes in history began with one person standing up and taking a risk. We cannot sit around and wait. We need to take a stand.”

Another community project this term is a recycling programme launched on campus by students Natalya Bodden, Angelique Smith and Marie Eden.

“We felt that recycling should be a part of our everyday life as it reduces our waste and gas emissions,” said Ms Bodden. “Since students drink soft drinks before, during and after classes, we felt this would be a great way to impact our community in a small way.”

Students Alison Ebanks and Monyque Brooks will aim their community service project toward primary school children in West Bay with a cultural arts programme that will incorporate dance, arts, 
crafts, and drama.

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  1. You are missing a huge opportunity to collect spare change. At the airport !!! I have seen, at many airports, big glass jars for tourists to deposit their spare change when they leave the island — and they ALL have spare change that is useless in the USA or wherever they come from, as banks will only exchange paper money, not change. Usually I see this money being used for causes like the Humane Society, but there is no reason it couldn’t be used towards university scholarships. And people feel good leaving Cayman when their spare change (which they would likely throw out or give to the kids to play with) is used for something positive.
    Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity.

  2. Keep the glass jars for the Humane Society and add one for this other cause. All too often it becomes one or another. Why not a choice for folks. The animals always seem to get put by the wayside, literally! Just saying.