EAC’s Fifth Annual “Day of Champions” service project a success
By Lori Dugan
Thatcher, AZ— More than one hundred and fifty people came together last weekend for Eastern Arizona College’s Fifth Annual “Day of Champions” service project. The project, hosted by EAC’s Intertribal Club, has grown under the leadership of EAC counselor and club adviser, James Pryor, to include a cross section of Associated Students of Eastern Arizona College (ASEAC) clubs and people from all across campus who want to give back to their community.
The Intertribal Club was joined on the massive cleanup effort by members of the EAC Nursing, EAC Sports Medicine, EAC Financial Aid, EAC Writing Center, Phi Theta Kappa, Advance Team, ASEAC officers, Physics Club, EAC biology classes, Gila Monster Tennis, Football, Women’s and Men’s Basketball teams, EAC Mailroom, EAC Business classes, Thatcher High School Student Body/Football Team, and Boy Scout Troops 5019 and Troop 5736.
Participants met at EAC in the morning and rode buses to Roper Lake, Discovery Park Campus, Noon Creek, University of Arizona Extension Solomon Office/Graham County 4-H, Thatcher Middle School, Boys and Girls Club of Safford to beatified areas by clean up trash, clean out ponds, clear walkways, cut down dead trees, painted entry to building and parking lot, pulled weeds, cleaned sheds, and landscaped.
“The Day of Champions started five years ago,” recalls Pryor. “A big part of being in the Intertribal Club is giving service to others. The members wanted to give back to EAC and the Gila Valley.”
Five years later, the group of ten volunteers has exploded to over 150 and the group was able to spread their efforts over more locations. “The credit goes to the students from EAC, Thatcher, and Safford Schools,” 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 year’s Day of Champions, scheduled for April 18, 2016, contact Pryor at (928)-428-8902.