May 3, 2017

The Nursing Department recently held a bake sale to support their annual Bunny Fund. Students from the ADN and PN programs raised $1374.51. Top fundraisers were Ashlie Hoopes (over $500) and Ryan Baker ($250).

The Bunny Fund is a community project that was started 17 years ago by former Associate Professor of English Jeneece Bishop. Her intention was to remember children at Easter who were homeless, sick, or in agencies by providing them with a basket which includes a bunny, age appropriate toys and a bible. This year, the PN students assembled 48 Easter baskets to be delivered to the following agencies: Child Advocacy Center; Women’s Center; Lighthouse Shelter; The pediatric and nursey units at Memorial Hospital, Carbondale; Heartland Regional Medical Center, Marion and The Night’s Shield.    

Nursing Department faculty were extremely proud of the dedication their students showed to the project. “The nursing department is very proud of this community project and would like to thank everyone for helping us with their generous donations,” Dr. Julie Hoerecker.

Debra Russell added, “Our JALC community along with the nursing students have generous spirits and this project gave them an opportunity to let many children know they are not forgotten.”