by Mary Assad, Outreach Chair
As we wrap up another academic year, I would like to thank everyone who has supported our outreach projects throughout the year. We’ve had three major events thus far and are about to end the year with our fourth and final event on May 1.
We began the fall semester in September with a bake sale that raised $350 for the Cleveland Foodbank. Faculty, staff, and students donated homemade and store-bought sweet treats for the sale – everything from healthy pumpkin cups to rich chocolate brownies – and we had a great turnout of customers throughout the morning and afternoon. The bake sale was the second one held by the department; our first bake sale, in April 2012, raised over $600 for the Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Japan.
A couple of months later, we had a successful Third Annual Holiday Collection for the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. Faculty, staff, and students, along with friends of the English Department, contributed a generous mix of pantry supplies for the House and presents for its residents.
Not long after, during February and March, our Second Annual Book Drive resulted in 300 children’s books for Greater Cleveland Volunteers. This organization holds book fairs for Cleveland City Schools’ children (ages 4-10) and gives out the books at no cost. For many kids, these books are the very first that they’ve ever owned.
On May 1, a small group including graduate students Catherine Forsa, Kate Dunning, Monica Orlando, and Mary Assad, and professors Chris Flint and Sarah Gridley, visited the Ronald McDonald House to prepare dinner for its residents. Special thanks to Professor Gary Stonum and his wife Marilyn for donating an artistic cake from a local bakery for this event.