UWP ASSE club opens hearts and wallets for Ladysmith tornado recovery
PLATTEVILLE-When the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Industrial Studies caught wind the Ladysmith Local Safety Council was seeking safety supplies to recover from a recent tornado that caused roughly $20 million of damage, department members knew where to turn.
With safety issues being its main focus, the UWP student chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) stepped forward to raise funds for numerous safety supplies, including hard hats, gloves, face shields and safety glasses for Ladysmith.
"Every year, our student chapter of ASSE does a fund-raising project," said Richard Klawiter, UWP professor of industrial studies. "We usually do our fundraiser during the holidays, but when a memo came through requesting things of a safety nature, we thought this fit well into the scope of our study."
Students took up collections in their industrial studies classes, raising about $275 to purchase safety equipment for the Ladysmith Local Safety Council. The check was presented to industrial studies student Kurt Effertz of Ladysmith, who will deliver the check to the Ladysmith Local Safety Council.
"Our students and the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity were very generous with their donations," said Lyn Bouck, UWP assistant professor of industrial studies. "We're very pleased with the contributions we received and are proud that our students are so conscientious of the needs of others."
The UWP chapter of ASSE has a standing tradition of fundraising. Last year, the group raised approximately $250 for the Platteville Fire Department to purchase household smoke detectors that were distributed to needy families throughout Grant County. The group also made a donation to the UWP Children's Center to purchase a child's gate, portable radios and a floor mat.
"We will probably still do a project around the holidays, but this was an extra opportunity to be helpful," Klawiter said. "It was such a natural fit - they're looking for safety equipment and us being a safety organization - that's what we're all about."