By Erika Thomas, director, Columbia College-St. Louis

We are not all talk when we say WE CARE about our students and their families. We WALK it like we TALK it here in St. Louis.

In response to the hard times caused by the pandemic, Columbia College staff members and former students Harmony Camden and Aaron Jackson opened a free pantry to provide essential cleaning products and toiletries to families in need. All were invited to donate items, volunteer their time at the pantry or be a recipient of these essential supplies. We received a substantial about of donations from alums, current students, staff, faculty and friends. The pantry operated from February 6 through May 8, 2021, helping more than 15 families.

We also partnered with American Red Cross for our annual blood drive on April 8. The inspiration of our annual blood drive came from Tameeka Watson, one of our current students whose son, Malachi, was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia (a blood disorder) at birth. Due to the lack of red bloods cells generated, this causes him great pain, infections and fatigue. Malachi receives treatments for multiple acute pain and also multiple blood exchanges. Our reason for the blood drive is to help Malachi and other children who have chronic illnesses.

Erika Thomas

With the help of our Alumni Relations and PR departments, we had a total of 15 donations. Two of which were alums and the remainder were current students, staff, family and friends. We were told that each person’s donation can help save up to three peoples lives. So, with 15 donations we were able to help save up to 45 lives. This blood drive also served as an opportunity for our donors to learn more about blood disorders. So again, when we say WE CARE about our students and their families, we mean it. Also, don’t forget to read the rest of the articles in this month’s newsletter in the column on the right!

Congratulations to our dean’s list honorees!
We are proud to honor the St. Louis members of the Spring 2021 dean’s list! A student must have completed 12 semester hours in a 16-week period and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0-point scale. See the list