Honor Students Organization participate in holiday charity events

The Office of Pre-Professional and Honors Curriculum Programs’ students spent the remainder of the semester spreading cheer to others in honor of the holiday season.

The Honor Students Organization volunteered and donated items to local agencies in Claiborne and Jefferson counties for their annual service projects.

The students began their journey Saturday, Dec. 3 when they volunteered at the Cultural Crossroads Christmas Market Place Bazar. The Bazar is an annual event that showcase local residents’ unique handmade gifts, artwork and crafts. The students volunteered to clean the center’s storage room, organize and sell items at the event.

They continued their journey by donating 38 coats and jackets to children and adults in Claiborne County. The donations were delivered to the Mississippi Cultural Crossroads Center Thursday, Dec. 8. The organization also presented a check to the Jefferson County Library to purchase a new mini tablet. The library will award a child in the community with the tablet. The students then made their way to the Jefferson County Nursing Home to donate 75 bottles of body wash to the tenants.

Khadijah Muhammad, who was one of the student volunteers, used the opportunity to showcase her special greeting cards. She expressed how thankful she was for the opportunity and the people who supported her work.

“Handcrafted designs are so much more meaningful, and are sure to leave a stamp on your loved ones’ heart for a lifetime,” said Khadijah. “Thank you to everyone who showed love and supported my designs.”

Dr. Wandra Arrington, honor student organization advisor and assistant director of the Honors Curriculum Program, expressed her appreciation for the students’ hard work in bringing smiles to the faces of others.

“Alcorn’s honor students participated in these projects by volunteering their time to local agencies to support and spread happiness to families during the holiday season,” said Arrington. “By participating in these activities, students gain a sense of generosity, responsibility, ownership and community engagement.”

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