EAC’s Sixth annual “Day of Champions” service project a success
By Lori Dugan
Thatcher, AZ—More than two hundred people came together last weekend for Eastern Arizona College’s Sixth 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 as well as 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 EAC Nursing, EAC Sports Medicine, EAC Financial Aid, EAC Communicative Arts, EAC Math Department, Phi Theta Kappa, Advance Team, ASEAC officers, Physics Club, EAC biology classes, Engineering Club, Gila Monster Tennis, EAC Football, Women’s and Men’s Basketball teams, EAC Mailroom, EAC Counseling, EAC Financial Aid Office, EAC Marketing and Public Relations Office, EAC Business classes, LDSSA, Pima junior High School Gear Up, Safford Middle School Gear Up, and Newman Center.
Participants met at EAC in the morning and rode buses to Thatcher Middle School and Thatcher Elementary, Thatcher VFW, Pima Community (Road cleanup), Our Lady’s Pantry Garden, Safford Middle school, Discovery Park (three locations: re-mudded the hut, built a wikiup, and helped build a retaining wall), Boys and Girls Club, and Sunshine Retirement Community (cleaned the recreation room and readied it for remodel).
“The Day of Champions started six years ago,” recalls Pryor. “A big part of being in the Intertribal Club is giving service to others and the members wanted to give back to EAC and the Gila Valley.”
Six years later, the group of ten volunteers has exploded to over 200 and the group was able to spread their efforts over more locations.
“The credit goes to the students from EAC, Thatcher, and Safford Schools for putting in the work,” said Pryor. “But the day would not be possible without the support of Sharon Allen, assistant dean of Counseling and Patti Wren, ASEAC adviser. Their support makes this work!”
“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,” he said.
For more information about the Intertribal Club at EAC, or to volunteer for next year’s Day of Champions, scheduled for April 18, 2017, contact Pryor at (928) 428-8902.