By Allison Braund
Patrick Henry College
Purcellville, VA – Patrick Henry College staff, faculty, and students raised more than $1000 for the Purcellville Centennial book fund over the last five weeks. Thursday, May 8, on the steps of Founders Hall, a large cardboard version of the check was presented by jeans-clad PHC students to the Purcellville Centennial Committee.
“We really admire the students at PHC and appreciate their involvement with the Town,” said Cheryl Herman of the Purcellville Centennial Committee.
The money was raised through the Blue Jean Bucks for the Book program (BBB), created by PHC’s student-run Community Involvement Commission. The program, which spanned four Thursdays during April and May, gave students, staff, and faculty the privilege of wearing jeans in exchange for a few bucks. Given PHC’s business casual dress code, jeans are not a common sight on campus.
The fundraiser was the brainchild of PHC student and Community Involvement Commission Chair Kyndra Jamison. After she and several other students attended a Centennial Committee planning meeting at Purcellville’s Town Hall, Jamison was inspired to apply the idea of a blue jeans day to raise funds for the Centennial book.
“I heard how important this project was and immediately knew Patrick Henry needed to get involved,” she recalls. “This was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our appreciation for our Purcellville neighbors. My vision is for PHC’s partnership with Purcellville to continue to prosper and grow as we seek ways to serve our local community.”
Jamison worked closely with PHC Dean of Student Life Sandra Corbitt to facilitate the fundraiser. Says Corbitt: "Blue Jean Bucks for the Book was a great way for our college to express our support and desire to be part of the community of Purcellville. I hope this is just the beginning of ways we can be a blessing to the community.”
The proceeds will be donated to Purcellville’s Centennial Committee, which has commissioned a book chronicling the history of Purcellville in documents and photographs. The total cost of the book is approximately $30,000 and will sell for $30 to $40 in local bookstores. The book is part of Purcellville’s Centennial Celebration.“PHC’s idea for fundraising is something I hadn’t heard of before,” said Herman. “It’s a great idea, one that I wish other organizations would do to get involved with the community.”