The Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) Chapter of Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) collected small to medium size brand-new stuffed animals throughout April to donate to first responders in Pasco and Hernando counties. PHSC employees and community members contributed 285 brand-new stuffed animals that were distributed and delivered to the Pasco and Hernando Sheriff’s offices. First responders use the donated stuffed animals to give to children in crisis situations to help them calm down.
The Association of Florida Colleges, Inc. is the professional association of Florida’s 28 public member institutions of the Florida College System, their Boards, employees, retirees and associates, and the employees of the Division of Florida Colleges. The mission of the Association is to actively promote, represent, and support members and institutions as they provide their students and the citizens of Florida with a world-class college system. One of the ways the Association fulfils its mission is by providing opportunities for and engage in service to benefit the external community.
Photo captions: PHSC AFC chapter representatives deliver stuffed animals to first responders in Pasco and Hernando counties to help keep children calm in crisis situations.
StuffedAnimals_2_Pasco.jpg—from left: Maya Pakhomova, senior instructional design coordinator and PHSC Chapter of AFC West Campus representative, and Brian Brown, director of community & agency resiliency, Pasco Sheriff’s Office, and his animal assisted therapy dog K9-JoJo.
PHSC AFC Stuffed Animals.jpg–from left: Samantha Apostolou, senior office assistant, Academic Success Center, and PHSC Chapter of AFC Spring Hill Campus representative; and Sergeant Matt Lillibridge, Deputy Juan Perez and Deputy Deena Groves, officers, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
Pasco-Hernando State College, a comprehensive, learning-centered institution, serves its community by providing affordable, accessible, and diverse educational experiences that empower students to achieve academic success, personal enrichment, and socio-economic advancement.