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Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Student volunteers helping to get word out about Sikeston, Miner

Sunday, December 18, 2005

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CVB Director Pansy Glenn and students from the Hope Life Learning Center.
Recently the Sikeston and Miner Convention & Visitors Bureau held another "Visitors Guide Packet" stuffing frenzy. Each year the CVB mails out over 20,000 "Visitors Guide Packets" to interested persons who have filled out address cards and submitted them to the advertisement agencies where our ads are placed. The only way the CVB can fulfill these requests is by recruiting volunteers.

We have been so very fortunate to utilize the Hope Life Learning Center youth to take care of this task for us. The center, founded in 1998, is a community-

based Division of Youth Services Day Treatment Program who offers a multi-

disciplinary approach to provide specialized treatment and educational services to youths residing in the surrounding counties. These students also participate in a community service program where they give back to the community.

They are a great asset to the CVB. Without their dedicated monthly stuffing frenzies, the CVB would be unable to reach over 20,000 potential guests each year.

The students usually stuff envelopes for the CVB each month. You can tell they enjoy these stuffing parties because it is always so lively. It's great watching them interact with each other and they are amazed at where all the packets are going. They love to stick the labels on and discuss the names and locations of where they are sending their information.

Since October, we have mailed out over 2,500 of these "Visitors Guide Packets." After the stuffing party last week, we were invited to yet another stuffing party. Lambert's Cafe invited the students over for a Christmas feast.

The CVB provided each student with a Santa cap and small gifts to pass out to guests and customers of Lambert's. The 12 students became little Santa's helpers and enjoyed the gift of giving as much as being on the receiving end of a scrumptious meal. They all signed a thank you card for Lambert's and were very appreciative for the treat.

It was such a heart warming experience for all involved. The smiles and laughter that day did a lot for getting me in the mood for Christmas and I think the students felt the same way.

The boards and staff of the CVB would like to wish you all a very happy holiday.