Grace College Business Students Give Back at Grace Village Event

Pictured from left to right are Grace College President Bill Katip, Carol Buhlman, Jacob Mackin, Georgi Sandlin, and Dr. Jeff Fawcett

On Saturday, March 29, the Grace College Entrepreneurship and Business Practicum class held an event at Grace Village and donated the proceeds of their business class project to Grace Village in the sum of $2,200.  Grace President Bill Katip was present at the event to play the piano and spend time with the students and seniors.

“It is a student led class, so the students do all the work,” explained Katie Van Sloten, the class’ vice president of service. “Dr. Fawcett stepped back and let us run it, and we were able to choose a not-for-profit organization to invest in and volunteer at.”

The class decided to invest in Grace Village, and each member of the class contributed at least 10 hours, combining for over 240 hours of total volunteer work. To fulfill the financial investment portion of the class, the class published and sold copies of a devotional written by members of the Grace faculty and donated the profits to Grace Village. They invited President Katip to contribute to the evening’s festivities by playing the piano and mingling with the attendees.

“It was a pleasure to see the results of these students’ hard work,” said Katip. “It was refreshing to see young Grace students using their newly learned business skills, energy, and passion to turn a great idea into reality and then getting to witness the positive outcome that blessed so many people. I was honored to be a part of it all.”

“[For the volunteer work] we did a lot of gardening…mowing lawns, yard work, baking cookies, playing bingo, and reading to the residents,” said Van Sloten. “I think it was the most work any of us ever had to put into a class, but I think it was worth it. Seeing everyone’s face when we gave them the check and were able to serve them was really big because everyone appreciated it so much.”

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