Broncho Rally promotes Service Learning and Campus Involvement

Broncho Rally promotes Service Learning and Campus Involvement

Students who attend Broncho Rally are asked to bring at least two school supplies that will be donated to The Central Pantry. (Photo provided by Pixabay)

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Volunteer and Service Learning Center and Fraternity and Sorority Life, will collaborate together for Broncho Rally on Aug. 25 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Broncho Lake to show students the opportunities for service learning and fraternity and sorority life.

Abby McCollom, Coordinator of Student Engagement for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, said, “I would say the purpose of Broncho Rally is to show the incoming students and students that are already here the commitment that bronchos have to community service and philanthropy.”

The event is free, but those who plan to attend are asked to bring at least two school supplies to donate. A complete list of the school supplies that are needed is on the Off-Campus Life website. School supplies that have already been donated have been given to the Adopt a Future Broncho program that Off-Campus Life is hosting.

Since Adopt a Future Broncho ended August 17, the school supplies that are brought to the event will be donated to The Central Pantry.

To show the commitment UCO has to community service and philanthropy, student groups on campus such as Big Pink, Big Event, Dance Marathon, and Big Brothers Big Sisters will be at the event to give out information about the service learning they offer and to talk about how to get involved as a student.

The student groups partners will also be at the event to connect with students, such as the Susan G. Komen Association which is connected with Big Pink.

Sr. Director of Experimental Learning for the Volunteer and Service Learning Center, Sharra Hynes said, “We’re doing a service project that will benefit DHS. We’re keenly aware of the fact that there are many children in state custody or in the foster care system in Oklahoma … When those children are removed from a home sometimes they go with a plastic bag and that’s it.”

To help with this issue, the two offices have purchased canvas bags for the event that UCO students can decorate for the children so that they have something to carry their belongings in.

“We are going to have a space for those who come to decorate the bag and make it kind of fun, unique, and personalized so that a child can pick a bag that represents who they are,” McCollom said.

Over the summer, the two offices had a sign up sheet on OrgSync for volunteers. The student volunteers receive service hours and a t-shirt for helping with Broncho Rally. The Leaders of Tomorrow organization will also be helping with the event.

“We’re putting a lot of aspects into the evening; it’s intended to be that way, but the idea of Broncho Rally is that we are rallying around community. Both community here at UCO as well as in Edmond and Oklahoma City,” Hynes said.

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