Students join the Live PC Give PC cause
Doctors, chefs and actors will roam the halls of Treasure Mountain Junior High and the surrounding areas on Friday. Or, rather, there will be students dressed up as them, though it will have nothing to do with last week’s Halloween holiday.
Students in the Treasure Mountain leadership class will be donning the getups to promote various non-profit organizations as part of Live PC Give PC. Live PC Give PC is an annual event put on by the Park City Community Foundation that encourages the whole community to donate to the many non-profits in the area.
Students in the class serve on student boards for a handful of non-profit organizations, and they’ll be out in full force Friday to support them. They will line Kearns Boulevard, carrying signs encouraging drivers to honk and to donate. It is the perfect chance to make a big splash by getting a lot of donations for the non-profits they’ve spent the school year supporting.
The organizations students are involved in include: Eat Awesome Things at School Park City (EATS), The Park City Institute, People’s Health Clinic, Peace House, the Christian Center and Recycle Utah.
Corrine Sullivan, who serves on the EATS board, said the leadership class has taught students how much non-profit organizations impact the community. And getting to participate in Live PC Give PC lets students join the cause.
"I think it’s really important to help them out, because they do so much for us," she said. "It’s really cool. As you drive around town, everybody is in their orange (Live PC Give PC) shirts, and they have signs up, and they’re dancing. It’s just really cool to see how everybody comes together."
Brooke Mitchell echoed Sullivan’s sentiments. She said it’s exciting to contribute to something that means so much to the community.
"It’s really neat to be a part of something this big," said Mitchell, who is on the Park City Institute board. "You can support a non-profit yourself, but I think it actually has more meaning when a bunch of people are here collaborating to make a big day of giving. I think it’s a really important part of our community."
The leadership class has participated in Live PC Give PC in prior years. But teacher Julie Hooker decided to raise the stakes this year, requiring students to also make a donation to his or her organization. She said they have responded with a swell of enthusiasm.
"This year we talked about getting skin in the game," Hooker said. "This year, every single kid is making a donation to their non-profit, which is awesome. They all have to go out and make a difference. And Live PC Give PC gives them a really tangible way where they can see the fruits of their labor."
One area in which students have made a big difference for their organizations is getting the word out about Live PC Give PC through social media.
"These kids understand social media," Hooker said. "They can get the word out. They have so much talent."
Those interested in donating to the organizations the leadership class is involved with, or otherwise participating in Live PC Give PC, can do so by visiting livepcgivepc.org.