Browning Social Service Club officers putting together donated coloring books and crayons for Mac's Toy Fund. (seated l-r) Beth Marshall, president; Robin Cox, secretary; Leslie Simms, vice-president; and Paula Cline, treasurer. Standing: Dr. Kelli White

[Beckley, W. Va.] Students at New River Community and Technical College are honoring the memory of a beloved professor this holiday season by participating in two events to benefit children.

Dr. Carolyn Browning not only served on the New River faculty, but for a time served as dean of the Mercer County Campus. She was also a licensed and ordained minister and a tireless advocate for students and social causes. After her sudden death in August of 2012, students in the Social Services Program formed the Browning Social Service Legacy Club dedicated to giving back to the community. The club is open to all students, not just those majoring in Social Services.

Dr. Kelli White, instructor in the Social Services Program, serves as the club's advisor. She notes that this holiday season, the club is sponsoring two activities to make the season brighter for children.

The club is collecting new sets of 24-pack crayons and new coloring books to be distributed at the Mac's Toy Fund Party in Beckley on Dec. 21. Collection boxes are located at the Beckley Campus on Dye Drive in the Harper Industrial Park; the Nicholas County Campus at 6101 Webster Road in Summersville, and the Greenbrier Valley Campus at 101 Church Street in Lewisburg. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 10.

The club is also hosting a Breakfast with Santa event from 7:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, in conjunction with McDonald's on Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley. Children can enter a coloring contest to win a stocking full of goodies. There will be a drawing for a one year family membership to the YMCA. Tickets are $5 or 3 for $10. Proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund established in Browning's honor.

For further information about these activities, call (304) 929-6703.



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