International students help offset elementary school budget cuts
2009. 12. 10.
CALDWELL – The College of Idaho International Student Organization produced an International Cultural Show Friday night to help fund student field trips at Lincoln Elementary in Caldwell that were axed as part of the state legislature's budget reductions earlier this year. Among the trips slated for restoration include Zoo Boise, the World Center for Birds of Prey, and the Idaho State Historical Museum.
"Students learn from classroom work, certainly, but also from experiences in the broader world," said Lincoln principal Tricia Stone. "In our community, we have wonderful places for our students to visit that increase their experience and knowledge in many ways."
The College currently enrolls 80 international students from 40 other countries, many of whom came to the The C of I through the Davis United World College Scholars Program. Among the show's participants was ISO president Yana Sadouskaya, a junior Davis Scholar from Belarus, who personally found the production 'incredibly rewarding.'
Said Sadouskaya, "ISO strives to unite people of different backgrounds and nationalities in their effort to spread cultural awareness and serve to benefit local and global communities."
Helping students develop a keen sense of the value of philanthropy is a significant objective of The C of I. As a private college, The C of I receives no direct state support and instead thrives thanks to the efforts of benefactors. Other campus organizations, including The College's heralded Student Philanthropy Council, have raised and funded tens of thousands of dollars for local charities over the last three years.
"The ethic of community involvement and service is a central tenet of a C of I education," said Michael Vandervelden, The C of I's VP for College Relations. "For a group of our students from all over the world to be giving back right here in Caldwell is a particularly heartwarming example of the value The College brings to the community."
The show, the first of its kind at The C of I, raised over $425. The ISO hopes to make the International Cultural Show an annual event.