Effort results in collection of more than 100 pounds of pop tabs for charity

Posted on 18 December 2012 by eestes@tusculum.edu

During the last four months, a group of nursing students at Tusculum College and students at Tusculum View Elementary School kept having to find larger containers to  hold the pop tabs they were collecting to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

As the fall semester ends for both the college and the city school system, the efforts of the nursing students and Tusculum View students have resulted in the collection of more than 100 pounds of pop tabs, enough to almost fill a 50 gallon drum. The effort has also gathered $57 in donations for Ronald McDonald House.

The effort began as an assignment in a “Theory and Practice of Citizenship” course, and a group of students in the class decided to organize an effort to collect pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House. The group included Allie Hartman, Jama Darnell, Tracy Morris, Bethany Farris, Brooke Sane, Cassi Ricker, Miranda Church and Katrina Holder, all of who are nursing majors.

The students decided to extend the project to last the entire semester, not just to the end of the course. As nursing majors, the students sought a charity that was medically related and they selected the Ronald McDonald House because it serves families of sick, hospitalized children by providing a comfortable place to stay.

After doing research into the charity, the students set to work making posters to promote their effort and setting up collection containers around campus. The students also held a bake sale to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House.

The effort grew again as a teacher at Tusculum View, Rebecca Irwin, and her class became involved in collecting the tabs and encouraging other students to collect tabs. At Tusculum View, the students were also encouraged to become involved by members of the college’s football team, who visited the school in the fall.

Gabby Gracias, a third grader at Tusculum View, was a champion for the effort there, making posters to encourage her fellow students to participate in the collection as well as collecting the tabs herself.

Efforts by Tusculum College nursing students and Tusculum View Elementary School have resulted in a collection of more than 100 pounds of pop tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. From left are Rebecca Irwin teacher at Tusculum View; Dr. Lois Ewen, dean of nursing at Tusculum; Eileen Shupe, lab director for the nursing program; nursing student Bethany Farris; Gabby Garcia, Tusculum View student; nursing student Jama Darnell; Dr. Greta Robinette, a nursing faculty member; Pat Donaldson, principal at Tusculum View, and Audrey Brackens, administrative assistant to the School of Nursing.

Ronald McDonald House collects pop tabs rather than the collection of aluminum cans because it is more hygienic to store tabs than cans, and collection and storage is easier, according to the non-profit organization’s website. After the tabs are collected, the local Ronald McDonald chapter takes the collection to a recycling center and the funds it receives in return are used for operations of the houses.

The tab collection is to continue in the spring at the college.

The Tusculum College football team encouraged Tusculum View Elementary School students to collect pop tabs during a visit to the school. From left are Assistant Football Coach Caleb Slover, Tusculum View teacher Rebecca Irwin, two Tusculum View students, and Tusculum football players Quentin Talley and Skylar West.

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