Feb. 24, 2012
Briann Oostinga, a senior psychology major, hosted a fundraiser for the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation held Feb. 23 on Trinity’s campus. The event, which she planned and organized as part of her service learning requirements, raised nearly $750 for the organization.
Debra Bontin, a professor of nutrition at Seattle’s Bastyr University, was the guest speaker, who Oostinga invited to present on the importance of proper nutrition and eating whole foods. Oostinga’s message to the audience was that health shouldn’t be taken for granted when, for some (including those with cerebral palsy), a healthy body is a challenge to maintain.
Oostinga’s passion for the topic stems from her own personal story: Her younger sister passed away from cerebral palsy several years ago. A delicious dinner comprised of whole foods, prepared by a number of Trinity students, complemented the presentation.
Service Learning Practicum (SLP) provides students with the opportunity to volunteer within a community organization, such as teaching in a preschool, tutoring youth, working with a local nonprofit, serving meals in a shelter, leading youth Bible studies, and more. One year of SLP is required of all students as part of the Trinity Crux Curriculum.