(From The Campus Lantern – March 12, 2015)
On Saturday, March 7th, Eastern Connecticut State University held its annual Bowl-a-Thon fundraiser at Willi Bowl. The main purpose of the event, which was sponsored by Institutional Advancement, was to raise money for scholarships for Windham students to attend Eastern. In addition, the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) shared in the proceeds to support community service activities. The CCE assisted with the event by recruiting Eastern students and Windham students to come and participate in bowling as a mentoring activity.
Thirty teams attended the event from Eastern; including faculty, staff, librarians, the Student Government Association, Honors students and theme housing groups. Other teams were from companies that work with Eastern, including Charter Cable, Willimantic Brewing Co., and Chartwells. Eastern faculty and staff sponsored mentoring teams for the event that enabled the school to invite 29 Windham students to the event. Additionally, there were 92 Eastern student volunteers that served as mentors for the students who attended the event from Windham Middle School and the Path Academy in Windham. The Windham kids were divided up among 15 teams of volunteers.
Jessica DeFelice, one of the Eastern student volunteers for the event, stated, “It was nice to see college students leave their dorms early on a Saturday morning to get involved in the Windham community.”
Eastern men’s soccer team also volunteered their time to come and serve as mentors for the Windham students. They did a wonderful job reaching out to the students who were shy. The team was welcoming, funny and excited to be there, and their attitude caused the Windham students to loosen up and have great time. Our Piece of the Pie, a nonprofit that runs the Path Academy in Windham, made a very generous donation to enable 10 of their students to participate with Eastern students in the Bowl-a-Thon.
“We are grateful for the generosity of the faculty, staff, students, and businesses who donated nearly $10,000 to the event,” said Kimberly Silcox, director of the CCE, “The Windham kids had a wonderful time and the Eastern students were great mentors. We hope that this event will encourage more Eastern students to volunteer their time in our community.”