ACICS Centennial We Serve Community Service Event
September 7, 2012
•Brooklyn Center, Mendota Heights News
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On May 23rd, Brown College and Le Cordon Bleu recently teamed up to pack breakfast bags for families at the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis and Neighbors Inc. Food Shelf in St. Paul, Minn.
The students volunteered as part of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) Centennial Community Service Week. They joined thousands of the other students, faculty and staff across the country who also participated in WE SERVE (Students Empowered to Respond and Volunteer Everywhere), the accrediting agency's centennial event. In addition to advancing excellence in education across the schools it accredits, ACICS believes in giving back to the communities its colleges and schools serve. That is why it has created a membership-wide community service project that served as an integral component to a year-long celebration. As a member of ACICS, Brown College and Le Cordon Bleu share in that commitment to serving the community.
President Kevin Sanderson of Le Cordon Bleu, Chef Denny Cowen and Karol Baumeiser from Brown College delivered the bags to the Ronald McDonald House. Staff and the house dog, Gerry, greeted them at the door. It was a great feeling knowing the schools could brighten a day with a breakfast bag for a family dealing with a critically ill child.
The event was a success and everyone learned that together they could make a big difference. One Brown College alumnus said it best in quoting an African proverb: "To go quickly, go alone. To go far, go together." Next time the campuses plan to deliver more than 1,000 bags.