The stereotypical student might be out for every penny they can get during buyback. Lincoln Land Community College is not full of stereotypical students.
In fact, many of the Springfield, Ill.-area community college’s students gave up a portion of their buyback returns during the week of Dec. 15 to graciously contribute nearly $800 to the LLCC Foundation’s Pay It Forward Fund.
The foundation fund supports students who need emergency assistance on anything from gas cards and bus passes to course materials and tuition. The LLCC Foundation approached the LLCC Bookstore before buyback started to ask for help with a foundation emergency fund drive.
LLCC Bookstore staff promoted the event with a sign next to a collection jar. The sign used humorous topical or holiday-themed suggestions for things students can do with their buyback money, including buying socks (in case you don’t get any as holiday gifts), or scoring more gems for Clash of Clans. The top suggestion, of course, was to donate to the fund.
"We really didn't know what to expect when we agreed to ask students if they would consider giving a small amount of their buyback money,” said Director of Campus Services Andrew Blaylock. “We thought perhaps we might raise $100 or so, so we were so amazed to see the generosity of our students during the fundraiser.”