The College of Eastern Utah classified staff are helping students in more ways than one.
The classified staff are the hourly employees at the community college. Their positions range in description from food service to clerical to all other aspects of daily campus life. Students interact with the staff everyday and the group often serves as the face of CEU.
This year, the group hopes to expand their services on campus into assuring that one more student can get an education at their school.
The first annual CEU classified staff association holiday craft fair will take place Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 at the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center as a fundraiser for a new scholarship for the upcoming school year.
According to association president Geniva Brooks, nearly everything for the fundraiser has been contributed from businesses and individuals. As a result, all the money raised through from the craft fair will go directly to the scholarship.
Ten percent of the profits raised by each booth will go toward the scholarship as a booth rental fee and patrons can purchase tickets for the many donated craft items that will be given away in a drawing.
Brooks said the scholarship was the classified staff association's way of giving back.
"We felt that if we started up a scholarship fund, it would be helping not only the college but students in the community," she pointed out. "We're trying to say we care. We care about the community and we care about our students."
In addition to hosting the craft fair, several members of the classified staff have also opted to have money taken out of their paychecks to go toward the scholarship.
Brooks said the staff hopes it can annually contribute the scholarship to the students.
Administrators at the college said the addition of new scholarships gives students who would otherwise be unable to attend college a chance.
"Scholarships change lives. Deserving students are given the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and realize their potential," the adminstrators indicated. "In addition to providing much-needed monetary help, scholarships send powerful messages to students [like] we believe in higher education, we believe in you and we want you to succeed."
Booths are still available at the fundraiser and local crafters can keep 90 percent of the profit they make.
Any type of craft is welcome and the crafts do not have to be homemade, although homemade crafts will featured at the fair.
For additional information or to rent a booth, contact Kelli Curtis at 613-5431 or Brooks at 613-5266.