In 5k lingo, packets are envelopes or bags that are labeled with the walker or runner’s name and t-shirt size and stuffed full of goodies from corporate sponsors and an event t-shirt.
One of the lessons we learned last year in our inaugural event is that preparing participant packets can be very time consuming and tedious. We are also learned (the hard way) that it is virtually impossible to prepare packets on the day of early packet pick up – hello chaos!
This afternoon, we were so fortunate to have 11 students from Averett University volunteer to help prepare packets for the 2013 Dan River Autism Awareness 5k. In just a few short hours, they quickly and enthusiastically labeled over 300 packets and folded over 600 t-shirts. Having these done early will make such a difference as we head into the final two weeks before this year’s event!
The students were participating in Day to Engage, which is an event held each semester to encourage local college students to get involved in their community. Students from Averett University, Danville Community College, and Piedmont Community College have their choice of projects from a variety of host organizations. Volunteers are key to our event, so we definitely appreciated the opportunity to be a host organization!
Our volunteers included Coach Carly and members of the women’s soccer team. The team kept each other entertained, telling stories, singing songs, and laughing while learning to fold perfect stacks of t-shirts.
Another volunteer was Cierra, a member of the dance team. Cierra chose our project because she knows several people who have autism. Cierra arrived early and helped preserve some of the puzzle pieces created at last year’s event.
All of the students brought great energy and enthusiasm to the project. We are so appreciative that they chose to spend their afternoons to engage with the Dan River Autism Awareness 5k!
Special thanks to the staff at Piedmont Printing & Graphics for ensuring that our t-shirts were delivered (hot off the press!) in time for our volunteers. Gratitude is also owed to Rachel Covington, Fellow at Danville Regional Foundation, for including the Autism Awareness 5k as a host organization in this semester’s Day to Engage.
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