By Leah Spoolstra – The Collegiate Staff
As fall rolls back around with thoughts of orchards and another school year, the Grand Rapids Community College Student Support Services (SSS) will once again hold their annual Power of Education Fundraiser by selling donuts and apples.
This event started back in 2014 as a means to raise money for the Power of Education student and to promote learning for disadvantaged children. After the success of the past years, the SSS organization hopes to raise even more money for the sponsored 5-year-old student named Samuel from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Through the awareness for the organization and funds raised, Samuel will be able to receive an education, school materials, and healthy meals through the 8th grade.
TRIO was initially a series of three branches and is a federally funded program through the United States Department of Education which aims at motivating and supporting underprivileged students between the 6th grade to college graduation. The original three branches that make up the now eight-program organization are Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Student Support Services. In total, TRIO has 2,800 programs nationally that provide academic and financial counseling, guidance, retention, and tutoring.
For the past 30 years, the TRIO/SSS branch at GRCC has promoted learning, personal and professional development, leadership opportunities, and retention while supporting students through obstacles of transferring to other institutions.
The Krispy Kreme donuts will be offered for sale for a dollar and apples for 50 cents from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 in four locations around campus. They are being sold in the Main Building on floor G2, the Library Commons, the 4th floor of the Main Building and the 1st floor of the Student Center.
If you would like more information about the TRIO/SSS organization, click here.