Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Sunday, December 2, 2012

MIPA students lead in fund-raising for blankets

three rolls of polar fleece

Some of the fleece the La Follette School Student Association bought to make blankets for hospitalized children and teens.

La Follette School students, faculty and staff participated in a community fund-raising drive through the first La Follette Penny Wars, which raised $105.69 to benefit the Madison chapter of Project Linus, an organization that helps make and distribute blankets for children and teenagers in the hospital.

Students in the international program took first place in the drive, which involved participants dropping money into jars for these groups: Master of International Public Affairs, first-year Master of Public Affairs, continuing MPA, and faculty and staff. Pennies were counted positively, while bills and silver coins counted negatively.

The final results were:

  • 1st place — first-year and continuing MIPA = -$3.30
  • 2nd place — first-year MPA = -$6.88
  • 3rd place — faculty and staff = -$12.56
  • 4th place — continuing MPA = -$14.85

"Selina and I are incredibly excited and so thankful for all of your participation and help in supporting this effort," reports first-year student Malika Taalbi, who organized the event with second-year student Selina Eadie, her fellow community service and outreach coordinator for the La Follette School Student Association. "We completely exceeded our expectations, and I know we can't wait to make those fleece blankets. With the funds raised, we were able to purchase 48 yards of fleece. Depending on the needs of Project Linus, we are hoping to make a minimum of 12 no-sew fleece tie blankets."