WITC-Superior trade students donate time to local humanitarian and environmental efforts

May 12, 2021

On September 20, 2017 WITC-Superior’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) students took a break from their studies to help the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.

Students assembled hundreds of boxes for the elderly nutrition program’s food distribution, labeled and packaged cereal, and shelved items for the organization’s in-house food shelf.

“I incorporated a Community Engagement unit into the Applied Communication course,” said Celia Tarnowski, communication instructor. “Students are aware that volunteer work is very important; however, they are juggling school, jobs, and family; time constraints make it difficult for them to volunteer. We are trying to fit in volunteer activities throughout the semester during our class time to facilitate that opportunity.”

On Wednesday, September 27 at 9:00 a.m ahead of their scheduled class, these students will take part in cleanup efforts at Faxon Creek. Faxon Creek is about 3 miles long, draining wetlands near Tower Ave and 39th Street. The creek flows northwest through three campuses, including Northern Lights Elementary School, the University of Wisconsin- Superior, and Superior High School, as well as heavily developed residential areas. Monitoring data show that the stream becomes more polluted the closer it gets to Lake Superior. Faxon Creek is listed on the Wisconsin DNR’s Impaired Waters list due to Degraded Biological Communities.

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