Angelina College speech students learn the value of community service

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina College class is doing more than just getting credit this semester. They're giving back to their community in a big way.

The Interpersonal Communications classes at Angelina College kicked off their campaign of community service Sunday with their annual fundraiser.

Underneath all the disco lights, skates and costumes at Skate Ranch in Lufkin there are students learning communication and teaching the value of community service.

"AC S.P.E.A.K.S" is an organization at Angelina College started by speech instructor Sabrina Collins.

"AC S.P.E.A.K.S stands for students preparing and executing acts of kindness and service," said Collins.

Sunday the group held their annual fundraiser, "Whatcha Gonna Do", to raise money to fund their community service events throughout the year.

"I was just looking to have a unique fun family friend fundraiser and have all of my students from all 6 of my classes involved at once," said Collins. "The premise behind it is sometimes we do a lot of lip service and don't put our feet to our actions or to our words."

The students will do various projects throughout the year supporting six local non-profits: The Rainbow Room, Helping House, The Pregnancy Help Center, Cake Angels, the VA sock clinic and Veterans parade and Operation Christmas Child.

"It exposes my students to the different services in town that they didn't even know existed and it gets the word out to the community about what those different organizations need," said Collins.

Freshman Max Iguess says he is enjoying sharing more about community service and helping others and says he didn't know he'd be getting involved in community service when he signed up for the class.

"No I didn't actually. I thought it was just a regular speech class but now that I'm here and now that we're getting involved I feel like it's a really great organization to help out," said Iguess.

Each class had a booth dedicated to the organization they're supporting where they could educate the public about the services they provide.

"AC S.P.E.A.K.S" will use all the proceeds to fund numerous community service projects throughout the year that bring awareness to the six organizations they are representing.

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