A new school year means new expenses, and sometimes, parents struggle to afford all the latest and greatest school supplies. In an effort to help alleviate the stress of school supply shopping, the Student Nursing Organization (SNO) at Rasmussen College’s Rockford campus donated supplies Aug. 20 to the Youth Services Network.
“We chose this organization because they help underprivileged families in the area that don’t have a lot of resources,” SNO president Liz Schubert said. “I like knowing that it’s going to kids in the area. We do have quite a few schools with children from low income families that need school supplies. This was a great way for our organization to give back and prove that we are here and want to help people in our community.”
The Student Nursing Organization, which began in March 2014 and consists of around 30 members, made posters and flyers to advertise the initiative across the campus. Additionally, the SNO placed bins around campus to collect anonymous donations and promoted its cause on social media.
The organization got lots of donations—everything from binders, paper, folders, crayons and cash. Members of the organization bought more supplies with any cash donations they received.
For those in the nursing program interested in getting to know other fellow students and volunteer, SNO may be perfect for you.
“We’re trying to get all [Rockford] nursing students involved in giving back to our area,” Schubert said.
The SNO has been involved in an array of volunteer acts, including a blood pressure drive with UPS, Relay for Life, a bake sale and the school supply drive. It is in the process of getting involved with the Light the Night Walk for leukemia and lymphoma disorders this month.