PITTSBURGH—Students at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Boyce campus in Monroeville are collecting school supplies and donations for children in the midst of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The project is led by Educational Psychology students in a class taught by Angela M. Fiore, associate professor of psychology. They collect school-related supplies and some food items for young students in war zones. The donations are boxed and shipped to points of contact in Afghanistan and Iraq through the Operation Crayon campaign of the organization AdoptAPlatoon.
This year the initiative has grown. Students have coordinated a bake sale and contacted local businesses for donations in addition to collecting items on campus. Donations will be accepted through the May 3 ship date for the care packages.
“This activity is not about the wars, but about sending school supplies to needy children caught innocently in the middle,” said Fiore. “CCAC is about education. For us to extend this mission to other places altruistically is a valuable lesson.”
The Community College of Allegheny County is the largest institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse and supportive learning environment that prepares the region’s residents for academic, professional and personal success in our changing global society.