Scripps Gives Back at Philanthropy Day

Scripps College held its second annual Student Philanthropy Day on Oct. 3, an event initiated by the class of 2014. Comprising a 5k run-walk and service projects hosted by different departments, the day is meant to provide students with an opportunity to give back to the community. The event was moved from March to October to celebrate Ellen Browning Scripps’ birthday and honor her spirit of philanthropy. “It’s a way for Scripps students to give back their time, talent and treasures,” said Katrina Corral, the interim director of the Scripps Fund. While the day is coordinated by an administrative committee, student involvement is heavily emphasized. Students sign up to run a specific service project and then find other students to participate in it. Projects included helping with the botanical garden and different local shelters as well as campus-centered projects like working in the Ella Strong Denison library, the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery and Mallott Dining Commons. In one activity, students wrote personalized letters of thanks to donors while listening to music deejayed by Flora Field SC ’17 and Isabel Verhille SC ’17. “It’s really a day where students can learn what it takes to run the college,” said Natalie Fischer, the interim assistant director of reunion giving. 

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