April 7, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Nursing students at John A. Logan College helped to make the Easter holiday a little brighter for dozens of area children with their recently completed community-service project, the Bunny Fund.

With an assist from the criminal justice department, faculty and staff, more than $1,500 was raised for this year’s project. Students created baskets for babies, toddlers and older children. The baskets were stuffed with a large stuffed bunny, age-appropriate toys, clothing and Easter books.

About 40 baskets

JALC nursing instructors Mikeal Kos and Dr. Julie Horecker oversaw the project. Baskets were delivered to children at The Women’s Center of Carbondale; Lighthouse Shelter of Marion; Williamson County Child Advocacy Center and Family Crisis Center in Herrin; Night’s Shield of West Frankfort; and the pediatric unit at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

“It is just overwhelming to me to consider the generous spirits here at Logan,” Kos said. “I am very proud of everyone’s efforts and am happy to know that so many children had an Easter to remember.”

Horecker said Kos deserves much of the credit since taking over the reins from retired English instructor, Jeneece Bishop, who initiated the project several years ago.

“Everyone who participated deserves credit, especially Mikeal” she said. “I think it’s amazing how well it all came together again this year.”

Practical nursing student Ashlie Hoopes made an exceptional effort to raise money for the Bunny Fund this year. She raised $505 by selling Easter eggs that patrons of the Pin Oak bar in Carterville could color and display. Many patrons also donated baked goods for the nurses’ bake sale fundraiser.

“I thought Ashlie’s work was outstanding,” Kos said. “It’s that kind of effort that makes projects like this one successful.”

 

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