August 22, 2012 12:00AM
Thousands of Pittsburg State University students moved from table to table Wednesday, picking up snacks and drinks, playing games, gathering information and sometimes putting their names and phone numbers on lists at the annual Community Fair.
For students, it was an opportunity to learn about businesses, services and organizations in the community. For the exhibitors, it was a valuable opportunity to connect with the university’s 7,200 students.
At USD 250’s Youth Friends table, Joe Bournonville said it was his second year to participate in the Community Fair and he said the payoff is immense.
“Last year we had about 50 volunteers who were students,” Bournonville said. “They are some of our best volunteers.”
A few booths down, K.C., Mo., senior Lauren Brentlinger threw a football to send someone into a dunk tank set up by Shelter Insurance. Brentlinger got a t-shirt for her efforts, along with a question: “Who do you have your renter’s insurance with?” When she responded that she didn’t have renter’s insurance, Brentlinger was urged to call the number printed on the shirt.
Meanwhile, women from the First Christian Church, one of many churches represented on the Oval, passed out bags of home-baked cookies to which were stapled notes with a welcome message and service times.
“It is a very vivid reminder of just how welcoming this community is to students,” said Eva Sager, program coordinator for campus activities, and how important students are to the community.”