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Abstract Volume 3 Issue 2 (1998), S1430-4171(98)02186-8

SAACS Community Service with a Competitive Edge

Joyce B. Higgins

Department of Chemistry, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL 61920

Published online: 2 April 1998

Abstract. The student clubs of all the departments housed in the Physical Sciences Building at Eastern Illinois University united in November of 1996 for a worthy, philanthropic cause and some friendly competition. The Psychology, Physics, Geoscience, and Chemistry Clubs held a coin war to raise money for the Charleston Food Pantry. Each club earned points from the money placed in their department's container. Pennies placed in a container counted as positive points whereas all other coins and bills counted as negative points. Point values equaled the face value of the money. During the two-day event, students, staff, and faculty showed tremendous spirit and support for their departments. A total of $122.81 was collected, including over $60 in pennies alone. Every cent of the money collected went to the food pantry to help feed needy families during the holiday season.

Key Words:  Of Special Interest; club activities

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Issue date: April 2, 1998

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