SERVE makes a difference in Vermillion

SERVE makes a difference in Vermillion Students Enhancing Resources for Vermillion Enrichment (SERVE), a community service organization, hosted a "Random Acts of Kindness" Bowl-A-Thon Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Prairie Lanes Bowling Alley in Vermillion.

The event was in honor of national Make A Difference Day.

Students from The University of South Dakota and area community members registered in teams of five. Each team bowled for one hour and donated $25 to make a difference in the lives of others. Participants were also encouraged to dress up in a team theme. The top team was awarded prizes donated by community businesses.

Wal-Mart of Yankton funded the bowling alley expenses and Vermillion community businesses and organizations also made donations. Through the efforts of SERVE members and all of the bowl-a-thon participants, over $1,000 was raised for the Vermillion community.

The money raised will be used to help build a wheelchair ramp for an elderly community member and to assist a family in need with purchasing groceries and personal care items.

SERVE is a community service organization with over 200 student members. It coordinates six programs in the Vermillion area, including Big Pal/Little Pal, Into-the-Streets, Adopt-A-School, Adopt-A-Grandparent, Caring Connections and Heroes. Each year, 1.3 million Americans join together for Make A Difference Day, the nation's largest day of community service.

Last year's bowl-a-thon raised $2,500 that was donated to two local children with health problems, and a family in need of groceries. Part of the money also built a wheel chair ramp in the community.

The USD SERVE Bowl-A-Thon Committee members included Kelly Hornaman, Aberdeen, Michelle Buri, Brandon, Tina Smith, Burke, Kristi Henderson, Clark, Candise Yusten, Mitchell, Eric Schaner, Vermillion, Nicol Schickedanz, Watertown, and Betsy Barkley, Yankton.

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