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TSTC Students Help with Annual Children's Event

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

ParkSeveral Texas State Technical College students recently spent the day in the park volunteering at the United Way Day in the Park event that promotes literacy and fitness in Fair Park in Harlingen.

A Day in the Park is geared toward elementary-aged children from Harlingen and the surrounding communities.

Student Government Association officers Anglai Jimenez, David Jurado and Krystal Lui along with other students made their way to the park on the north side of Harlingen and withstood the steamy conditions to provide face painting for the children in attendance.

This is the second year that TSTC sends students to volunteer at the event.

"It was hot but it was fun dealing with all the kids out there," said Jimenez, the SGA Vice President. "We did face painting but we talked to them about the importance of school and going to college. We all wore our TSTC shirts and hopefully they'll remember us when they decide to go to college in a few years."

TSTC Supervisor of Student Activities Belinda Palomino also made her way to the park and read to children throughout the three-hour event.

"It's good for us to get out there in the community and help out," Palomino said. "We're also promoting literacy and staying in school, which are very important issues to us."

TSTC students aren't new to volunteering. From park cleanups to trash pickups in the community, Mustangs get involved throughout the school year making an impact on their community.

TSTC has a Service Squad in place that promotes volunteerism and community outreach and in the past TSTC students have received the President's Volunteer Service Award, a national recognition by the President of the United States.

Director of Student Life Adele Clinton said every student is encouraged to help or volunteer in their community.

"TSTC produces so many outstanding student leaders," Clinton said.

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