By Jess Scanlon
A commitment to service, a cornerstone of the community values statement, is alive and well at Rider with students and residents preparing for the Walk ’N Roll on Sunday.
The director of Enable, Sharon Copleman, is pleased with the success it has found at Rider.
“It has been wonderful working with Rider University,” Copleman said. “Jackie Wonsey, coordinator of community service, office of campus life, is a part of our Walk Committee.
She has been instrumental in promoting the event to students on campus.”
Copleman added that student involvement includes Rider’s dance and step teams and on-campus promotion done by the Public Relations Society (PRS).
The event is a walk-a-thon style fundraiser for Enable Inc., a Mercer County non-profit organization that assists people with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Many members of the Rider community, including students and staff, have been involved.
Copleman said that Enable’s goals for the event are to raise $20,000 and to have 150 to 200 people attend. She described the event as a day that will be full of surprises.
“You never know until close to the day how many walkers will show up,” she said. “That is what makes the event worth it all — to have a lot of people there, together for a great cause.”
Kirsten Yard, the community engagement coordinator and a Rider alumna, praised the involvement of the community.
“We have encouraged participation by schools and colleges through our ‘Students in Motion’ Committee,” Yard said. “Many of these wonderful, young volunteers have been fantastic at getting their friends and families involved in the walk.”
Other schools’ involvement can be seen in the booking of the Princeton University mascot and the cheerleading team from nearby West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. Boomer, the Mascot of the Trenton Thunder, the AA Minor League Baseball affiliate of the New York Yankees, will also make an appearance.
In addition to promoting through various forms of media including fliers and WRRC The Bronc, PRS is participating in the walk.
PRS welcomed the opportunity to work with an outside organization. The club is mostly students in the public relations track, but all majors are welcome.
The event is being held Sunday at PEAC fitness center in Ewing on the facilities’ indoor track. Its sponsors include Monmouth Vans, Bollinger Insurance, Novo Nordisk, NRG Energy, PNC Bank, VMI and the St. Charles Borromeo RCC Youth Group.