Dordt College News

Sweet success for Dordt class

November 11, 2005

Candy Bags

The “Send Etson Home for Christmas” fundraiser at Dordt College turned into a win-win situation for students recently, who in the process of raising money for a plane ticket sold (and consumed) 900 brownies and 116 bags of candy. Fourteen members of Dordt’s Gen 100 class raised the cash for a plane ticket with $500 to spare, which was donated to the International Club Fund to benefit other international students.

The inspiration for the fundraiser was Etson Williams, a student from Barrouallie, St. Vincent, an island in the Caribbean. He was married less than a year ago, and hopes eventually to be able to bring his wife, Rose-Marie, to the U.S. Participants in the effort to reunite Etson with his wife and family during Christmas were class members in a seminar called “Kingdom, Identity and Calling,” which focuses on belief in Christ, especially as that relates to the college years within a lifetime of following Jesus.

During class discussion, the concept of “building community” was discussed and students were challenged to come up with a way of helping someone in their community. They decided to help their classmate, and all put extra time and effort in over the past several weeks to reach their goal. In addition to the candy and brownie sale, class members worked at a fundraising night at Pizza Ranch.

Class advisor, Kae Van Engen, expressed her thanks to faculty, staff, parents and the community for their support of this project.

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