Each semester Fresno State marketing students are required to perform "service learning projects" that allows them to apply principles that they're being taught in the classroom toward the benefit of local non-profits. For the past six years, Highway City Thrift Store has been fortunate to partner with professors Lydia Anderson, Patti Turnbull and Susan Wilke by serving as a project site.
The students held events and collected donations that enabled us to meet the needs of people in our "dignity based" programs. Examples of these stellar projects include community health fairs, social media programs, branding activities, and the creation of strategic alliances with local corporations. These professors are making a real difference in the lives of their students. Their students are receiving a quality education that integrates the need to give back and serve their community. This results in making Fresno County a better place for us all.
We would like to thank all the businesses and schools that supported these students by providing a site for an event or donating items. When schools, industry, and students enthusiastically work together, we all win.