December 14, 2009
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Shawnee State University students and staff have
Christmas on 14th Street
Santa Claus and nearly 90 Shawnee State students and staff
arrived at the 14th Street Community Center where more than
100 children were waiting to play and receive Christmas
gifts at the Second Annual Christmas on 14th Street event.
The event started at 1 p.m. and ended at 6 p.m. with dinner
for everyone who participated. Each SSU student purchased a
gift for the child they were assigned to for the day. Other
gifts were donated from a campus-wide toy drive that Mistie
Spicer, assistant to the president, and Kelly Hatas and
Sarah Lowe, AmeriCorps/Vista staff coordinated as well as
gifts donated to the Community Center through their Director
Games, crafts, cookie decorating, bingo and a photo with
Santa Claus were available for the children.
Several organizations and community members donated to the
event including Union Mills, Sodexho, AHANA and SSU Greeks.
“We plan to have this event every year,” Lowe said. ““We had
a great time with the children and it was a very special day