Students celebrate National Student Day by giving back

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Students should submit a picture of themselves doing volunteer work for a chance to win $1,000.
National student day contest

By Laken Enssle
Staff Writer/Spectator

The National Association of College Stores (NACS) started an event four years ago called National Student Day. Since then, each October, campus stores across the country have been giving back to students and showing their appreciation. Some give away free food, others give discounts. The purpose of it all is to make known the positive impact college students can have on campuses.

This year, the Edinboro University bookstore is participating in the festivities by giving all students a 25% discount on any one item.  This includes, but is not limited to Under Armor, Ping and Columbia apparel. The only exclusions include kilts, art supplies, books, and Vera Bradley products.

According to the National Student Day website, “It is a day that campus stores across North America have created to recognize and encourage volunteerism and social responsibility among the students they serve. National Student Day is celebrated through a variety of in-store celebrations, ranging from free food and merchandise, sales, contests, and live music.”

Over 1,800 college stores across the United States are participating this year, in addition to the giveaways.  On some campuses, students have been known to take action in their communities with volunteer opportunities.  These students are giving back to their communities on a day that is supposed to be dedicated specifically to students.

There is a deal of perks being a student, though. One being the contest that NACS is now holding annually. Three students will receive a $1,000 scholarship.  Along with the scholarship, $1,000 will be donated to the charity of their choice. To enter, a college student must simply take a photo of him/ her doing any kind of volunteer work, and post it on one of the National Student Day social networking pages. These include Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and must be submitted by Oct. 23. Three winners will then be selected at random on Oct. 24.

Cecilia Chauvin, assistant manager at the campus bookstore said, “It’s a day that was started by NACS four years ago and is an opportunity to recognize student activities outside of the classroom, where they can volunteer, particularly in non-profit situations and help others in the community.”

By giving back to the Edinboro community, students not only improve the area in which they reside, but they also may earn money towards avoiding more debt. The NACS contest is one that Edinboro students are eligible to participate in. Students can document themselves working at the local food pantry to enter into the contest. Students can also do something as simple as cleaning the campus up. 

For a few hours of work, students can celebrate National Student Day even more with $1,000 they don’t have to worry about paying back later.

Laken Enssle is a staff writer for The Spectator. She can be reached by