EAC’s Fourth Annual “Day of Champions” service project a success
By Lori Dugan
Thatcher, AZ—More than one hundred people came together last weekend for Eastern Arizona College’s Fourth Annual “Day of Champions” service project. The project, hosted by EAC’s Intertribal Club, has grown under the leadership of the club’s advisor, James Pryor, to include a cross section of people from all across campus who want to give back to their community.
EAC’s Intertribal Club was joined on the massive cleanup effort by members of the Latter-day Saint Student Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Engineering Club, Advance Team, Comm Club (from the Communication Studies Department), ASEAC officers, Safford High School Football Team, Physics Club, EAC biology, Ft. Thomas and Pima GEAR UP students, and the Gila Monster Football, Gila Monster Tennis, and Gila Monster Women’s Basketball teams.
Participants met at EAC in the morning and rode buses to Dankworth Pond, Roper Lake, Discovery Park Campus, and along the road to Frye Mesa Reservoir to clean up trash, clean out ponds, clear walkways, and cut down dead trees.
“The Day of Champions started four years ago,” recalls James Pryor, EAC counselor and Intertribal Club advisor. “Part of being in the Intertribal Club is giving service to others. The members wanted to give back to EAC and the Gila Valley.”
Four years later, the group of ten volunteers has exploded to over 100 and the group was able to spread their efforts over more locations.
“The credit goes to the students from EAC, Safford, Ft. Thomas, and Pima High School,” said Pryor.
“These students worked hard with each other which allowed them to earn trust and respect with each other and make them Monsters for Life, that’s EAC.”
For more information about the Intertribal Club at EAC, or to volunteer for next years Day of Champions, scheduled for April 15, 2015, contact Pryor at (928)-428-8902.