A Community of ‘Doers’

Engagement does make a difference
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

On Thursday, we will take a break to celebrate Thanksgiving. Many of us will join our families to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Some of our international students have accepted invitations from friends and local families to experience this most American of holidays.

Others in the community are not so fortunate.

Food insecurity and hunger are real in the High Country. Also real is the compassion and engagement of so many in our Appalachian Community, who are determined to expose, educate about and address this and other social justice issues.

Just last Friday, Appalachian’s Staff Senate sponsored AppKids, a shopping day for less fortunate children in the area. This was the 37th year we have reached out to those in need — 90 children from the nine Watauga County Schools participated and 125 volunteers stepped away from their daily demands to transport, shop and share time with a child from the area, thanks to generous donations from our campus and community.

Many of our AppKids volunteers have been participating for years; some have been coming back each year for decades. They tell me getting to know and learn from their young shopping partners is an experience they look forward to all year.

The Appalachian Community is one that cares, one that engages, one that is enriched by the exchange of thoughts, ideas and compassion. For this, I am so very thankful.

Sheri Everts, Chancellor