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Updated: 01/12/2014 08:00:01AM

Making a difference in Charlotte County

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Mary Ann Walton

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One of the aspects I most enjoy in my work at Edison State College is the interaction among students, faculty, campus staff and our community. Over the years, Charlotte campus folks have participated in a wide variety of community activities, ranging from the American Heart Association Heart Walk to the popular Haunted College event, to which our campus plays host each October. Some of the activities are “for fun,” and others raise funds or awareness for various causes, but they are all alike in that they help the college and the community create meaningful relationships.

All of these volunteer and fundraising community activities are important, but in my mind, our most significant involvement over the last few years has been with Punta Gorda Relay for Life. Organized through the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life raises funds for cancer research, patient support and education, cancer prevention awareness, and survivor support in communities across the U.S. The Edison State College team has contributed a good amount of money through on-campus and off-campus fundraisers, and we have more planned over the next few months, leading up to the communitywide Relay event in April. Almost everyone in our college family has been touched by cancer in some way, so these are events that we can really get behind. Last year we were pleased to be awarded Platinum Level team status, because we raised more than $7,500.

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