Creative Thanksgiving Baskets Benefit Edison College Students

Nov 8, 2007

In the spirit of giving, the faculty, staff, and students at Edison College's Lee Campus have once again donated food and used their creativity to assemble 40 Thanksgiving baskets for the families of students in need.

This seventh annual event upholds the tradition of Edison College in providing a variety of support services to students from all walks of life to help them achieve their academic and career goals. The Champions of Excellence employee giving program enables the Edison College Foundation, Inc. to supplement each basket with a $25 gift certificate for a turkey or extra trimmings.

Dawn McGrady, a member of the committee that organizes the annual food drive, said that students are often surprised and grateful to be nominated for baskets by College staff and peers. "It's very inspiring to see the joy in the students' faces when they pick up their baskets," McGrady continued. "A father came with his son last year and was so thankful that his son was not only receiving a HOPE scholarship for a quality education, but that Edison College would extend its outreach to the entire family."

The annual event brings out the creative side of faculty, students and staff because the donated baskets are displayed and judged. "It's always exciting to see what people will think of next," McGrady said.

Employees and students are invited to view and vote for favorite baskets in six categories: Most Bountiful, Most Creative, Most Traditional, Most Humorous, Most Colorful, and Grand Prize 2007.

The viewing and voting will take place in Taeni Hall, Building S, upper level lobby near elevator on Wednesday and Thursday, November 14 and 15 from 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. and on Friday, November 16 from 8:30 A.M. -12:00 P.M.

Votes will be tallied and the winners announced on Monday, November 19, 2007. Students may pick up the baskets beginning the following day.