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USC students go "above and beyond" to help St. Lawrence Place

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A group of University of South Carolina graduating seniors are making a big difference for Midlands non-profits.
 
The 166 graduating seniors in the Arnold School of Public health at USC were tasked with a senior project. The randomly assigned groups had to raise a minimum of $500 in donations and funds for local community organizations.
 
The groups that raised money for St. Lawrence Place in Columbia — a transitional housing development for homeless families that offers a life skills and support services program – went above and beyond the call of duty.
 
"We just really thought we weren't gonna get the minimum," said Nicole Ojanovac, a graduating senior. "We had to raise a minimum of $500 and we were so concerned with getting the minimum, and then we ended up going above and beyond which was really great."

One senior, Kaleb Carter, works anytime he can at two Target locations. He put in extra shifts at his job to benefit the shelter.
 
"I work early in the morning, I start at like 4 and I work 6 hours until 10," Kaleb said. "It's better to go do something, I mean I can get some extra money to help with fundraising for St. Lawrence Place."
 
The groups raised over $7,000 worth of clothing donations and funds for the home through social media, percentage nights at local restaurants, and an old-fashioned bake sale.
 
That extra cash means a new engine for a bus recently donated to St. Lawrence Place, which will allow employees to take the sixty kids who live there on field trips this summer.
 
"These children are going to get to go to the Museum of Art, they're going to get to go to the zoo, they're going to get to do things that we take for granted," said Lila Anna Sauls, the president and CEO of St. Lawrence Place.
 
The service they’ve done isn’t about getting a pat on the back from professors or those who work at St. Lawrence Place, the group of seniors said. It’s about doing what they feel passionate about, and it comes with their future job description in public health.
 
"It feels good but I don't really care about any recognition," Kaleb said. "It's because I feel like that's the major I signed up for and I like helping people." 
 
Sixteen local non-profits benefitted from the graduating seniors’ fundraising efforts. A total of $39,823.97 was raised.

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