LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Being asked if you want to buy a toilet certainly isn't a question students walking the campus of Angelina College expected to hear, and toilets in the middle of campus certainly isn't what you'd expected to see.
But one AC organization said it's more than what meets the eye.
"Why not toilets?! We were just looking for something different to do and something whimsical. So we just brainstormed and thought why not decorate a few toilets," said Sabrina Collins, an AC S.P.E.A.K.S. instructor.
The group behind the porcelain thrones is "Students Preparing and Executing Acts of Kindness and Service" or AC S.P.E.A.K.S. for short. Year-round, they dedicate their time to giving back and this is their latest effort in doing just that.
"The toilets are for sale for $50 each, which is basically an entry-fee. There are teams of departments. Student organizations on campus have already purchased one, and they were given themes that they could choose from, and they will decorate the toilets according to one of those teams," Collins said.
From there, the potties will be judged in two weeks during the Great Porcelain Parade. And as for the money, it'll go to five different non-profit organizations in Angelina County.
It's a true teaching moment for students.
"It's an incredible experience for my students. Some of them have never done service work before, just volunteering to help out a non-profit. They get to learn the whole concept of how non-profits operate," Collins said.
"I like it because I like doing community service stuff because I get involved with it a lot," said Caitlyn Lambert, an AC student.
And while it's a chance for the community to show their arts and crafts skills, as for the true purpose …
"Make money! Make money so that we can give money; that's the overall goal. And obviously we want to support our community and the great services that these non-profit organizations provide," Collins said.
The Great Porcelain Parade will be Thursday, October 29 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.