Local student learns lessons in teamwork

Local Clarkes area student, Melanie Bicket, has started a fundraiser to raise money and purchase calling cards for deployed troops overseas.

The fundraiser, aptly named “Can You Hear Me Now?” was started by five students in a communications course at Clackamas Community College. The course had one main assignment that was designed to have the students create a service-oriented project.

From the start, Bicket and other members of her group knew that they wanted to do something for the troops. After gathering ideas from fellow students about what the needs of troops are, they landed on raising money to purchase calling cards.

“[For us], it's as easy as dialing a number or sending a text,” Bicket explained. “We thought it would be nice to supply them with something we know they need.”

To raise the money, the students decided to hold a raffle. They approached businesses, friends, and family members and were able to pull together four items to raffle off. The items were a Nintendo DS, $100 worth of local gift cards, a weekend getaway at the beach, and a Traeger grill. In under a month, they sold $1,000 worth of raffle tickets. The group hopes to buy at least 50 calling cards with the money they raised.

The overall goal of the class was to learn how to effectively communicate and work as part of a team, while getting a hands-on approach. Bicket explained that she learned a lot from the experience and that one of the biggest takeaways she received was learning how to have all the details lined up before approaching people.

While the deadline has passed to buy raffle tickets, monetary donations are still being accepted. For more information, please visit the groups Facebook page:

Save the date for upcoming community events

March 8: 8 – 10:30 p.m., Open Mic Night at Clarkes General Store and Eatery. Anyone is welcome to come play.

March 9: 1:30 p.m., Old Time Fiddlers at Clarkes General Store and Eatery. Watch 15 fiddle players on the Eatery's stage.

March 28 and 29, and April 5: Rummage sale at Beavercreek United Church of Christ (BUCC). This event is one of the most important fundraising events of the year for BUCC. The money raised through the sale goes toward funding programs and missions.

April 12: 5:30 p.m., Clarkes Elementary Music and Arts Auction and Spaghetti Dinner.

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