When the scent of freshly baked cookies is in the air on campus, it can only mean one thing — the annual Cookie and Hot Chocolate Reception is here. The much-loved PWA Cookie and Hot Chocolate Reception, held in the MAC, kicked off the tradition of the WRA Toys for Tots and Candy Cane drives on Wednesday, November 29. PWA moms, faculty and staff donated upwards of 100 dozen cookies. From frosted holiday cutout cookies to classic spritz cookies, it was clear the word spread fast and everyone found their way to the MAC and clambered for a cookie or two.
Sponsored by the student service club REACH (Reserve Ethically Advancing Community Health) and supported in part by The Kiwanis Club of Hudson, the drive was a success. Students, faculty and staff collected new, unwrapped toys, and purchased candy canes to raise funds to buy additional toys for donation. The drive ran until Friday, December 1 and benefited the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots nationwide program. PWA Chair Martha Bayliss, co-coordinators Melissa Polak in the Deans Office and Modern & Classical Languages Faculty Julianne Lopez, as well as Holly McDonough and Elizabeth Fox from the Athletics Office were instrumental in helping to organize and aid in the success of this longstanding WRA tradition.
Celebrating the season of giving and also inspiring a little competition between the classes, every year freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors compete to see which class can sell the most candy canes. This year was not without impressive efforts! With a total of 3,066 candy canes sold, the results are as follows:
- 4th place with 125 candy canes = Freshmen
- 3rd place with 637 candy canes = Sophomores
- 2nd place with 1,159 candy canes = Seniors
- 1st place with 1,318 candy canes = Juniors
With a grand total of $1,533 collected and 226 toys donated this year, the WRA community has donated a total of 5,390 toys since the inception of this time-honored tradition on campus — we applaud all for embracing the season of giving! The juniors will receive a complimentary dress-down day for their efforts, the date of which will be announced after winter break.
Thanks to the combined efforts of so many in the WRA community, especially REACH leaders Sash Davis '18, Brigid Kelley '18, Jack Sovich '18, Kyra Bradley '19, Jack Lohman '20, Jai DuVal '20, and Nadia Konovalchik '20, the 13th annual WRA Toys for Tots and Candy Cane Drives were once again a sweet success!
U.S. Marines Corp. Staff Sergeant Jose Colman visited the Deans Office on Wednesday, December 13 to receive the contributions, which will be delivered throughout the region.