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Students Plan Basket Bingo Fundraiser to Help Children of Late Classmate

Penn State York students skating at the Plaza
Last month students held a skating party fundraiser to benefit The Plaza Children's Fund. Basket bingo is set for Dec. 6.
11/18/2009 —

Penn State York students in development and administration of human services programs (HD FS 455) class have planned a second fundraising event to benefit the children of their late classmate, Michelle Plaza. A basket bingo is set for Sunday, Dec. 6 from 2 – 4 p.m. in the conference center of the Main Classroom Building at the campus. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Last month the class held a roller skating party to benefit The Plaza Children’s Fund.

Plaza was shot in July and left behind three children ages 18, 13, and 7. She graduated with an associate degree in human development and family studies in May 2009 and had planned to return to campus this fall to continue her studies toward a baccalaureate degree.

Each semester, under the guidance of JeanMarie St. Clair-Christman, assistant professor of human development and family studies, students in the HD FS 455 class plan fundraising events and learn firsthand what it is like to do them. The projects provide real-world experiences for students.

“We voted and it was unanimous to plan events to benefit The Plaza Children’s Fund. Everyone had a connection to Michelle and she was one of our classmates. She was amazing,” said Brian Lawrence, a senior at Penn State York. Michelle Winemiller, another student in the class and also a senior, noted that Plaza was someone students saw everyday and even those who did not know her wanted to do the events to benefit her children.

Tickets for the basket bingo are $15 for 20 games and can be purchased on campus now or the day of the event. For more information about the basket bingo, please contact St. Clair-Christman at (717) 771-4161 or jxs176@psu.edu. Penn State York is located at 1031 Edgecomb Ave. in York.

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