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A Fair Amount of Community

Updated: Oct 10, 2022

Photo by: Kia Flack; (2nd) Caitlin Chavez

“A Fair Amount of Community”

By Caitlin Chavez

The Community Fair turned out to be one of the most engaging events for students and representatives involved that Simpson has ever had.

On Sept. 14, the Community Fair was the place to be at Simpson University for students to explore many opportunities for connection and volunteering with different churches, organizations, and places offering employment. To name a few, we had Pathway Church, 511 Enterprises, Our Heart Global Boutique, Gather Church, Dutch Bros, The Stirring, and many more! Each group has come up with fun ways to connect with students through giveaways, fun activities, and yummy snacks!

“It was very engaging for them”, Jessie Wolske, the Simpson University staff member said.

We even had a balloon artist creating balloon art for students and families. Did I mention we had ponies? You heard that right, we had ponies join us as well. Simpson student, Miranda Gutierrez was a student who went to the Community Fair and shared her experience.

“I felt comfortable approaching each organization and asking them questions about their mission”, Gutierrez said.

This event was a little different this year because Simpson University had not combined churches and other representatives together into one event for students, until that day.

“We wanted to give our students a diverse experience, and we tried to encourage churches that students might not have under their radar or just might not typically be represented as well”, said Wolske.

Wolske shared with us that both the church event and opportunity event were two separate events on different days and times. The church event would take place during lunch while the opportunity event took place in the evening. Now that the two were combined into one event during chapel hour, it gave students an opportunity for them to interact with the representatives easier than during lunch or in the evening.

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