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Justice Club Receives Most Impactful Service Initiative

Posted May. 12, 2014

Kent State University at Ashtabula's Justice Club was recently honored at the 2014 Celebration of Engagement & Service hosted by the Office of Experiential Education & Civic Engagement on the Kent State Campus.  The annual awards ceremony is held during National Volunteer Week and celebrates faculty, staff, and student volunteerism and service throughout the academic year.

The Kent State Ashtabula Justice Club was awarded the Most Impactful Service Initiative award.  This award is presented to students who have contributed extraordinary service to their communities or who have been involved in coordinating outstanding service projects on a Kent State campus. 

"The Most Impactful Service Initiative Award means the world to the Justice Club.  This award proves that, as a group, we can help our community and raise awareness for local organizations and services that assist people who really need them.  Knowing that our hard work and dedication is making a difference is the best reward of all," said Katie Sacket, president of the Justice Club on the Kent State Ashtabula campus. 

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the group raised over $6,800 to benefit the community.  Organizations the group raised funds for included the Ohio Special Olympics, Children's Services Giving Tree, Samaritan House, and Homesafe.  In addition to their work to assist local charities, the group also hosted an 80's dance on campus, participated in a domestic violence walk, hosted a Halloween dance, and participated in the Polar Bear Plunge. 

"I'm so proud to be the faculty advisor for this group and to watch them plan and implement all of the great service projects that they do.  This group of students really cares about the Ashtabula community and is always looking for ways to give back," said Marna Drum, Lecturer in the Justice Studies department.