Sophomore Cider and Service

Suneil Kamath, Civic Engagement Reporter

Case Western Reserve University’s sophomore class welcomed the beginning of fall by performing acts of service.

Last Saturday, over 70 sophomore students came together in the South Residential Village for “Sophomore Cider and Service.” Organized by the Sophomore Class Officer Collective, students had the opportunity to create blankets for Project Linus, make cards to give to patients, or fill bags of candy for patients who will be unable to go trick-or-treating.

Project Linus is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer ‘blanketeers’.”

“We chose to do the event to help children in need in a way that wasn’t off campus to encourage the largest attendance possible, and to have a relaxing environment so the class could hang out while helping the community at the same time,” said Ryan Uriarte, secretary of the sophomore COC.

To make the event more festive, students also helped themselves to apple cider and apple and pumpkin pie.

“The sophomore cider and service was a great way to bring together the sophomore class to help kids have the fun Halloween they deserve” said CWRU sophomore Sitara Koneru. “While making the cards for the kids, I could envision the smiles on their faces when they each received a card from someone wishing them a happy Halloween.”

CWRU president Barbara Snyder even appeared at the event to help make blankets and talk with students.

“Overall, it was a great way to bring together our class for a bigger cause,” said Koneru.