People Helping People

By: Jessica Pitts

Staff Writer

FREE, FREE, and FREE! Who doesn’t love free things, especially when it is chocolate, coffee, and music late in the evening? Students and Sisters of Providence filled the Woods Student Center Wednesday evening as Campus Ministry hosted the first ever Chocotoberfest. 

Sister Mary Montgomery, SP, introduced the idea of Choctoberfest to Campus Ministry in the beginning of the school year. Andrea Beyke, Campus Minister, hopped right on the idea of having this type of event.

Beyke says, “I’m happy to bring the word of Fair Trade and what it stands for and how we can live in solidarity with people all over the world just by buying the things we love like chocolate aIMG_1644nd coffee… There are so many other things too. So, hopefully this kind of opens people’s eyes to what Fair Trade is all about and why we should buy it.”

Campus Ministry isn’t the only organization on campus to join in on the activities. Tracy Richardson, Professor of Music Therapy and Department Chair, participated in the event, using her musical talents by playing the piano and singing to entertain the audience. Richardson wanted to do so to support the Fair Trade commodities.   

 “I think it’s something people need to learn about, because it helps to support people and I just wanted to be a part of it,” Richardson stated.

 The event was centered on Catholic Relief Services Fair Trade Program. CRS Fair Trade provides consumers with chocolate, hand-crafted items, and coffee that are grown from developing countries. A small percentage of the proceeds go toward the Fair Trade Fund to support grants that aid in funding underprivileged craftsmen and farmers in those developing countries 



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