It was a record-setting Kids Day for about 1,235 volunteers from Fresno State whose newspaper sales totaled more than $36,580 – up about $5,000 from the 2011 total.
Proceeds from the annual event benefit Children’s Hospital Central California. Special editions of the Fresno Bee are sold for $1 apiece from street corners throughout the central San Joaquin Valley.
Fresno State student participation, organized by the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning, included representatives of 52 campus clubs, organizations, fraternities and sororities.
Two categories have been created to recognize top-selling groups: those with 20 or more volunteers and those with 19 or less. In the category of 20 or more volunteers, the top selling organization was Sigma Nu fraternity, with sales of $3,752. Runnerup was Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity with sales of $3,199.
Among groups with 19 or fewer volunteers, the top selling organization was Alpha Pi Sigma sorority with sales of $979. Phi Delta Theta fraternity was next with sales of $946.24.
Kids Day has the largest student participation rate of any one-day service event at Fresno State. “The success of this event is due to the work of the volunteers and the support of many campus offices,” said Renee Delport, special events and projects coordinator for the Richter Center.