Thanks to collaboration by Fairmont State University, the City of Fairmont and community volunteers, the Fairmont Community Garden fuels neighborhood revitalization, hands-on learning for students, healthy nutrition and the campus student food bank. For these efforts in promoting a sustainable community, the project was named in fall 2014 as a national winner in the Ford College Community Challenge, the only winner in West Virginia.
More than 20 students and community volunteers participated in the Make Marion County Shine and state DEP cleanup on the Fairmont State University campus in Fairmont on Saturday, April 18. The week also was National Volunteer Week. Organized by Stephanie Slaubaugh of the Physical Plant and Amy Drvar of the Office of Civic Engagement, the volunteers picked up 12 trash bags of litter in about two hours. The DEP Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) donated trash bags, protective gloves and trash pickers for the volunteers.
The Epsilon Iota Chapter of Delta Zeta sorority at Fairmont State University is organizing the 11th annual Turtle Trot 5K on campus on Saturday, April 25.
Registration opens at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 25, in the lawn in front of the Education Building on the main campus. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $10 per runner and includes a T-shirt, prizes, refreshments and parking in the Parking Garage off Bryant Street.
Proceeds will benefit Alex Lapana and his battle with Krabbe’s Disease.
The Office of Residence Life of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College is hosting a Glitter Run 5K on the main campus in Fairmont on Saturday, May 2, to benefit the United Way of Marion County.
STEM Enterprise has made a $10,000 contribution through the Fairmont State Foundation, Inc. in support of the West Virginia FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) robotics program for the 2015-2016 season. The NASA IV&V Educator Resource Center coordinates the statewide tournament that has is hosted in Fairmont by Fairmont State University’s College of Science and Technology each year.
Each year, participants in Leadership Marion plan an annual project to benefit the community. This year, the Leadership Marion XXXIII class invites the community to participate in their spring event, the “Spring into Action Fair.” In partnership with the United Way of Marion County, this event will celebrate National Volunteer Week by bringing the community together and raising awareness and funds for Marion County’s non-profit organizations. The fair will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monroe Street in Fairmont.
Sponsored by the United Way of Marion County, an event on Sunday, April 19, will support the Sobrania Soup Opera, Mannington Food Pantry and the Salvation Army, providing needed nourishment for county residents. Empty Bowls Marion County also feeds the creative spirit of local potters.
Fairmont State University is celebrating Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week through Friday, Feb. 20. Fairmont State’s activities are being coordinated by the Office of Civic Engagement.
The Fairmont State University Reads program is preparing for the spring reading enrichment program for elementary school students in kindergarten through fourth grade.
Sessions will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. beginning Monday, Feb. 23, and will continue through April 13 in the Room 215 of the Turley Student Services Center on the FSU main campus.
Fairmont State University Accounting students are providing free income tax preparation assistance in four counties and receiving real-life experience to benefit them in their future careers.