Buy someone a cup of coffee. Read to a child or an older adult. Volunteer at a local hospital. Play games with or offer services to senior citizens. Walk dogs at Heartland Humane Society. Assist neighbors with yard work or spring cleaning. Volunteer at a non-profit organization. Clean up along a highway. Join a community group to accomplish a project.
Students and staff at Indian Hills Community College invite you to join them in any of these “pay it forward” activities in celebration of April as National Community College Month.
As part of the celebration, we have identified April 21-24, as the time we intend to shift attention away from us and focus on how we might improve the college, the community, maybe even the world, by paying it forward. Although we enjoy and appreciate the idea of celebrating the mission and accomplishments of community colleges, our students and staff have decided that the best way to celebrate us is to pass the good feeling and good deeds that we enjoy every day on to others.
Students at IHCC are recipients of scholarship funds donated by many of you. Students and staff are supported by your attendance at athletic, fine arts, and culinary events. So, we believe in showing our appreciation, and we believe the best way to do that is to keep the generosity and good will going forward.
We have an entire week of paying it forward activities planned on our campuses, including the opportunity to write a thank you note to military service personnel or to someone who has impacted a life and may not even know it. The point of paying it forward is to do something or say something to another to begin a cycle of positive action and positive energy. We at IHCC believe in the contagion of positive action. We hope that you can believe in this, too.
Thank you for being part of our community and please view this appreciation as the beginning of a paying it forward cycle.
Dr. Marlene Sprouse, President
Indian Hills Community College