INA, Ill. (May 10, 2016) - As final exams sweep across the Rend Lake College campus, students enrolled in the First Year Experience (FYE) Orientation classes can rest easier knowing their end-of-the-year service projects are done.

This semester, approximately 60 students decided, by class, what their service projects would be, with a majority choosing to follow in the footsteps of classes last fall to create "Flat Stanley Goes to College" books for third and fourth graders at Ewing Grade School. One class also chose to clean and spruce up the playground at the RLC Foundation Children's Center (RLCFCC).

FYE Coordinator Hillary Halsey said the service projects are designed to be ways the students can get active both on campus and in local communities. The projects are just one aspect of the new orientation program, which also includes helping students engage on campus, learn organization skills, prepare to meet professional standards for behavior, and understand and successfully navigate the college culture.

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RLCFCC Cleanup Crew WOne FYE class spent a few afternoons outside cleaning the grounds at the RLCFCC. They are, in alphabetical order, LaVonnda Bell (Mt. Vernon), Anthony Decker (Ina), Rebecca Durbin (Benton), Kaylee Greenwalt (Wayne City), Jeremy Hudson (Carbondale), Garrett Karoski (Christopher), Brittany Lowe (Pinckneyville), Mikaela Matthews (Bluford), Kyla Mitchell (Benton), Randy Moore (Creal Springs), Peyton Osborne (Mt. Vernon), David Sims (Christopher), Hayley Smith (Marion), and Rosie Williams (Mt. Vernon).
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

Flat Stanley 1 WFYE Coordinator Hillary Halsey, LEFT, and student author Kimber Withrow (Bluford), CENTER, look at a Flat Stanley book with third graders at Ewing Grade School. Also pictured is Anthony Mauser (Belle Rive), RIGHT.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

Flat Stanley 3 WLane Wellen of Dahlgren, LEFT, and Abby Hartman of Pinckneyville, RIGHT, speak directly with the Ewing Grade School fourth graders about Stanley's trip around campus. In total, about 40 books were made for the school children.
(ReAnne Palmer / RLC Public Information)

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