WKU students encouraged to make a difference this week

Amanda Young

Students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to

impact their community during Make a Difference Week, sponsored by

Leadership and Volunteerism, a division of the office of Student


“During Make a Difference Week, we hope to highlight

how students, faculty and staff make a difference in the lives of

others,” said Hunter Williams, Student Activities Coordinator.

However, bringing attention to student acts isn’t the

only thing special about the week.

“We will also be hosting activities that will show

(participants) ways to make a difference in our community,”

Williams said.

Activities for students and faculty begin at 10 .a.m.

Monday with a video in Downing University Center’s lobby. Events

continue through Saturday.


In a photo contest open to students, faculty and

staff, entrants are asked to submit a photo of how they make a

difference in their community along with a description of 100 words

or less.

The community can vote for a photo in DUC from 10

a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Williams said.


From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., a bus will shuttle people to

locations such as the Boys and Girls Club, Miss Annie’s Place &

Parker Bennett Curry Elementary School for volunteerism


“Students can volunteer for this project and have the

opportunity to make an impact in the life of a small child,”

Williams said.


“The Blind Side” will be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday in

Downing University Center Room 340.

There will be free popcorn and drinks and a brief

discussion on the impact that one person can have on another’s


Williams said this will give participants the

opportunity to share their personal stories as well as inspire



A High School Leadership Conference will be held for

high school students from Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Ohio

where students will be taught leadership skills to help them

through high school.

WKU students are asked to volunteer their time to

help with registration, day operations and presenting.


To close the week, students have the opportunity to

volunteer at Bowling Green 10K, sponsored by the Road Runners Club

of America and the Medical Center of Bowling Green.

Any students interested in participating or who have

questions are encouraged to contact Williams or Mindy Johnson in

the Student Activities department.