The Ross Medical Education Center campus in New Baltimore, Michigan was able to stay very busy this spring. Throughout the questionable weather and the busyness of working hard in the classroom, they also made time to make a difference in their community. In fact, at some points, they even had several different collections and drives happening at the same time! Campus Director Jennifer Maniaci was very proud to see all the participation from each member of the campus community during the local events as well as regional and company-wide events.
One of the things they did was collect plastic bottle caps for a full month to then turn and donate them to Orchard Primary, a local elementary school. These plastic bottle caps are going to be upcycled. So, they will first be melted down, and then they will be used to make outdoor furniture for the children to enjoy, such as benches and play areas. Karen Barton, a faculty member in the New Baltimore Dental Assistant program, headed up this drive and was so happy with the effort put forth by the staff, faculty, and students! In fact, she was so impressed that during the drive that she decided to have the campus continue to collect the caps all year round!
In addition to collecting the bottle caps, New Baltimore collected nearly 250 food items to be donated to the Blue Water Food Depot located in Port Huron, Michigan. These items were combined with the items that the Ross Port Huron campus was able to collect. They also gathered over 200, and both campuses were very pleased with all that had been collected and donated. Once again, Campus Director Jennifer Maniaci was very excited and expressed, “this was an outstanding effort by all and goes to a wonderful cause!” The New Baltimore campus enjoyed partnering with the Ross Port Huron campus again for their Soles for Souls Operation collection during which they collected over 60 pairs of shoes for veterans in need!