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Cheyney University's Keystone Honors Council Raises Money to Help Autistic Children

April 28, 2014

Keystone Honors Council scholars took part in a 5k which, coupled with bake sale earnings, raised money to help kids with autism and behavioral issues

Keystone Honors Council scholars took part in a 5k which, coupled with bake sale earnings, raised money to help kids with autism and behavioral issues

The Keystone Honors Council (KHC), a student group from within Cheyney  University's Keystone Honors Academy (KHA), recently raised more than $500 to help children with autism. 

"You can't keep what's been given to you," said KHC President, Julianne Lewis. "I think life is all about helping others.  It gives you a sense of purpose and a sense of living," the senior said.  "It makes me happy to help someone because I know it makes them happy."

The KHA, Cheyney's signature program, makes community service a priority.  KHA scholars must complete 10 hours of community service each year that they are students at Cheyney.  This semester, KHA students spent a great deal of time with their sleeves rolled up, working side-by-side to create all sorts of delectable delights to sell at on-campus bake sales.  The money raised, went to SPARC.

"Their goal was to contribute and participate in a fundraising event for autism," stated KHA Dean Tara Kent.  "They focused their fundraising all semester on this project, and raised a considerable amount of money for a student group. They then registered about 30 students to participate in a 5k."

The 5th Annual Strides for SPARC 5k was a perfect opportunity for community members, friends, family, fellow students and perfect strangers to come together for a common cause.

Cheyney student Craig Bond came in 3rd in his age group amongst male runners and wound up receiving a $25 prize.

Members of the Keystone Honors Academy are expected to demonstrate civic commitment by volunteering their time and energies to community issues, populations, and organizations—the programs and projects which are most important to their interests, experiences, and goals. At the same time, students are encouraged to expand their knowledge and understanding by selecting service opportunities which place them in unfamiliar roles and different types of service.

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