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While all classes at West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC) are online the rest of the spring semester due to COVID-19, and students are no longer on campus, Students Activities is still finding ways to engage with students. In addition to numerous virtual events like egg hunts, women history month events and more, they are offering an event to help feed their students and support local businesses. On Friday, April 24, they are offering for any Northern students to pick up carryout food at a local restaurant up to $10 off their food order.
WVNCC, with campuses in Wheeling, New Martinsville and Weirton, have partnered with a restaurant in each of its campus locations. Participating restaurants include Tacoholix (Wheeling), PJ’s Pizza (New Martinsville) and Mario’s (Weirton). All students need to do is let the restaurant know they are a Northern student when they order, then show their student ID when they pick it up to receive $10 off.
“We miss having our students on campus and we know this is a difficult time for many,” commented WVNCC Student Activities Director Sara Wood. “This is a great way to help feed our students and support local businesses at the same time.”
WVNCC was looking for a way to not only assist their students, but fill the void left without students on campus, who typically support the local economy.
“It is inspiring, during these times to see WVNCC take a strong action to support their students and some of the businesses in their community who are suffering,” said David Comack, owner of Tacoholix. “This is what community leadership looks like.”
WVNCC has had to cancel many student events such as their spring barbeque, educational lunch and learns, Census event and more. However, they were still trying to look for opportunities to keep students involved and help occupy their time.
“Student Activities are arguably even more important now to keep our students engaged and connected to each other and the community,” added Wood.