Honorable organization helps multiple San Angelo groups

Students stay at top of the class, donate time

By Patrick Fleming
On February 2, 2017

Contributed by Honors Student Association

The Honors Students Association, known for academic success, also donates time to charities.

Every semester, each student involved in the Honors Program is required to help at least one charity and write an essay about the experience.

While this may seem like only one party is contributing and another is benefitting, this could not be further from the case. The students are also gaining from these experiences.

This can be shown with one of 10 of these charitable organizations, the Adult Literacy Program (ALP). Their function is to help provide services and support for those who are illiterate as well as helping local schools with literacy.

"Basic literacy is something that Honors students and probably all students take for granted," Dr.  Shirley M. Eoff, director of the Honors Program, said. "They are shocked to hear the staggering statistics about illiteracy or functional illiteracy that prevents people from being able to get jobs or perform basic functions like applying for insurance."

Yet, those involved with the Honors Program are able to make a difference and help people in ways that others may not have.

The Honors students have helped this organization by spreading awareness of it, helping fund some of their events and providing manual labor.

This past year, the ALP had a book sale, which 35 to 40 of the Honors Students provided over 125 man hours over two weekends.

"All of the students are stand outs," Marilyn Golightly, executive director of the ALP, said. "We are blessed to have the Honors program at ASU."

Each student involved in these programs is building his or her experiences in several different ways, including leadership, willpower and connections.

Of the many students involved, some become tutors for people in need, learning how to teach with people one-on-one in ways that students usually do not get the chance to do.


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