By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events
Phi Theta Kappa wanted to do one last service project to benefit children in the Midland community. The MC students approached staff at High Sky Children's Ranch who told them that children in the program needed luggage. So, Phi Theta Kappa members discussed this need with MC President Dr. Steve Thomas, and he enthusiastically gave them the “thumbs up” to proceed.
Thanks to very generous donations from MC employees as well as fellow students, family members and friends, the group was able to secure donated suitcases and bags as well as funds to purchase additional luggage. Fifty-one items were then presented to High Sky Children’s Ranch.
Phi Theta Kappa advisors Dr. Terry Gilmour and Dr. Lea Keesee assisted the MC students with the project. Both said that they were amazed at the response to the request for donations. All the luggage and funds were collected within one week of the initial request.
“Many children at High Sky move from one place to another and don’t have anything to transport their belongings,” explained Gilmour. “We were told that a lot of them end up using trash bags or plastic bags. That can’t be good for anyone’s self-esteem, especially for a child who is having to face new surroundings because of unfortunate family and home circumstances. I’m not only proud of the Phi Theta Kappa members for taking the initiative on this worthwhile cause, but also proud of my MC colleagues who were so generous with donations.”