Try to keep this short as judging by the turnout in the beautiful snow at the meeting, people are just a "tad" busy.
Devotion: led by Kylie Johnson and was very appropriate to realize that we are in God's hands and he is going to help us along the way and help guide us, especially in regards to the World Relief Campaign.
Alan talked about the Better World Books Drive that will again be put on at the end of the semester to help promote literacy around the world through our donation of text books or any other books that we no longer need.
-Last year's spring book drive, brought in about 400 books that could be sold for funds towards literacy programs abroad
and almost 1,000 books that were donated to libraries and education centers (like the one in Jakarta)
-for our hard work, Better World Books supplied a generous $300 check towards the next World Relief Campaign...woohoo
Other projects gaining financial support is Kim Hover's magazine which just received $1,000 from the College of Arts and Sciences.
The main part of the meeting was brainstorming for the Child Creativity Center in Jakarta, Indonesia
Hopefully by next week we will have narrowed down our choice of a Tchotchke (trinket to give to every donor), and ideas for a gimmick and title for the project.
Some of the names that were brainstormed were:
Create ______ ; Cause:Creation ; 4 a Smarta' Jakarta ; Creation Station ; Kindness for Kids ;
From IN to Indonesia ; Creation for Kids ; Kids Creating Community ; Minds Without Margins ;
Envisioning Education ; Indonesian Vision ; Growing Minds ; Building Bridges
Some of the gimmicks were:
A creativity center ; Sandbox ; Finger Painting ; Molding Clay ; Legos ; Report Card
Progress Report ; The Creation Station ; books; bridges ; bookshelf > donors names go on spines
As you can tell there is still a lot of work for both of these areas so please be thinking about more ideas and ALL ideas are welcome
Finally for the Tchotchke:
options are: coloring books; crayons ; local kids gift (fair trade item) ; smarties ; candy bracelet ; legos
The general consensus is that we all need to try and do some research on Indonesia, so if you have 15 minutes this weekend try and find out some information to help make our decisions next Tuesday (more educated :) )
Some events that were also juggled around were :
Are you smarter than a 5th grader
Art Show - have elementary schools participate
Elementary Recess Tournament
Last but not least here are some announcements to be aware of over the next week:
Possible Community/Crusader Connection Internships available with Spring Valley and the VIC
contact Sarah.Farmer@valpo.edu if interested in any type of internship during the semester or summer
This Friday is the Sobieskie Stride from 5:30-Midnight @ Immanuel Lutheran School
If interested in walking and supporting this family please contact James.Strasburg@valpo.edu as he will be going there on Friday and even if you can only come for a few hours, the family would greatly appreciate your participation.
Fair Trade Fair is next week
---This Sunday @ 4pm, the Carpet Board will be decorated...come on out and help with that
Tomorrow, Wednesday at the Amnesty Meeting (9pm-Crusader Room in the Union)
-Pastor James Keller will be talking about refugees in/from Burma
-will also be at Celebrate
If interested in working on SALT staff next semester as someone that would act as a liaison between the VIC and SALT
contact - Hannah.Cartwright@valpo.edu
If interested in working on the WRC staff serving on possible committees of records, research, activities and others I can't remember...
contact - Tezra.Jennings@valpo.edu
Finally on Thursday in the Fishtank Lounge in the Union @ 7pm the Student Activity Group for planning different activities on MLK Day will be meeting, come on out if interested in the events during this celebrated weekend.
Over and out,
VU Class of 2008
Ambassador In Admissions
Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics