The students of Human Services 345 with the T-shirts they bought to benefit the Jessica Lee Memorial Scholarship fund.

The students of the Human Services 345 class with the T-shirts they bought to benefit the Jessica Lee Memorial Scholarship fund.

Fort Leonard Wood instructor Molly Remer and her students have done it again. They turned a classroom project into an opportunity to significantly impact the local community.

Molly devises her class, Human Services 345: Working with Communities & Organizations, so that students have precisely that opportunity. Together, they undertook an impressive community service project of their own design to benefit three organizations in the Waynesville and St. Robert areas, as well as to apply the concepts learned in class.

A student works the bake sale benefiting the Little Heroes Playground.

A student works the bake sale benefiting the Little Heroes Playground.

From Sept. 10 through Oct. 10, the students collected loads of canned goods for the Snack in the Pack program to provide Waynesville R-VI students with food during weekends and long school breaks. They stockpiled more than 300 coats and winter clothes for children and women overcoming domestic violence and other crises at the Free Women’s Center of Pulaski County and the Good Samaritan of the Ozarks Genesis House. They also held a bake sale and raised more than $250 funds for the Little Heroes Playground, a City of Waynesville project aimed at building a playground accessible to children with special needs, and honoring veterans and their families with equipment representing each branch of the military.

As an additional side project, each student bought matching Columbia College T-shirts to benefit the Jessica Lee Memorial Scholarship, a fund established in honor of a 2012 Fort Leonard Wood campus graduate and her son, who passed away in August 2013.

“Once again, I was thoroughly impressed with the efforts of my Fort Leonard Wood students to make a meaningful contribution to their community!” says Molly. Be sure to read the Q&A with Molly, who also teaches for the Rolla and Online campuses, in the CC Focus story.

And be on the lookout for these students in the community as they continue to pursue their human services education and  help people in need in ways only Columbia College Cougars can.

Students collect coats and winter clothes for victims of domestic violence.

Students collect coats and winter clothes for victims of domestic violence.