RELEASED: Jan. 22, 2001
DANVILLE, KY - Three Centre students were honored as the January Volunteers of the Month. LaToya Payne of Danville, Lisa Greenwell of Bardstown and Tara Nantista of Edgewood were all chosen for their volunteer work during Christmas.
Payne organized the Angel Tree project, helping approximately 50 kids receive presents. The Angel Tree is an annual event in which students, faculty and staff get an "Angel" from the Christmas tree and then buy presents for that child. The names were given by the Salvation Army. She decided to get involved with the Angel Tree because she loves children and this project in particular is a way to reach out to them.
Payne, a junior, is an anthropology/sociology and government major. She is involved with the Diversity Student Union, CARE (Centre Action Reaches Everyone) and the Bonner Leadership Program. She is the daughter of David and Sharon Payne and is a graduate of Danville High School.
Greenwell and Nantista together organized the annual Helping Hands event. The helping hands (paper hand cutouts) were placed in the campus cafeteria and were sold for a dollar each. From donations and the sale of the hands they raised approximately $1,000. They bought a toy and an outfit for each the local 30 children. They then arranged a Christmas party in which Santa handed out all the gifts. The party included other activities such as crafts, photos and a Christmas movie. Both thought it was a very rewarding experience being able to help children who would not have had Christmas otherwise.
Greenwell, a sophomore, is a member of the Student Activities Council and Kappa Alpha Theta. She also volunteers as a tutor at Jennie Rogers Elementary School. She is a graduate of Nelson County High School and is the daughter of J.I. and Susan Greenwell.
Majoring in economics, Nantista plans to go into either sales or marketing after graduation. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi and is a resident assistant for freshmen women. She is a graduate of Notre Dame Academy and is the daughter of Richard and Daria Warning of Edgewood and Lawrence Nantista of Oceanport, N.J.