BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – Approximately 575 Easter eggs were filled Tuesday afternoon by 206 West Virginia Wesleyan College student-athletes and coaches. The eggs will include small Easter tokens and a friendly note and be distributed to children in Upshur County via Mountain CAP Creative Beginnings, the Child Development Center of Central WV, Headstart and every pre-K and kindergarten classroom in Upshur County.
Jessica Vincent, executive director of the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development, said the project honors the community engagement pillar under Division II Day – a day NCAA Division II is celebrating the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on their campus and in their communities.
“Our goal is to help provide an outlet for so many of our athletes who we know are often willing to serve when a need exists,” she said.
Approximately 13 student-athletes already complete a weekly five to six-hour commitment to service through the Wesleyan Service Scholar or WE LEAD programs. Teams also participate in community service activities throughout the academic year.
After assistance from student-athletes in filling the eggs, CCE students will handle the final details and assist in delivering the eggs to community partners.
ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE
West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2022 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.