MALVERN, AR -- College of the Ouachitas Honors College (COTO HoCo) students experience more than just the typical classroom atmosphere. During Honors Seminar III, under faculty guidance, students chose a local organization to be the recipient of the proceeds made from a service project. Students from that class selected the Boys and Girls Club of Malvern & Hot Spring County as the organization that would receive those funds. COTO HoCo students that participated in the project include Chloe Stiles, Yessenia Gonzalez, Parker Hope, Jared McCarver and Jake Malone.
The HoCo students used skills learned in Honors Biology to create a specific fundraising plan which led to the development and creation of HoCo Essentials soap and bath products. These soaps, handmade by students in the lab, were primarily made with organic ingredients and essential oils. Each batch was hand mixed, molded, cut, and labeled by students generating varying aromas and textures. Soaps and other products were sold in the COTO Bookstore during the Fall 2017 semester.
A check was presented recently to Boys and Girls Club of Malvern & Hot Spring County Executive Director, Tammy Denham, for the funds that were raised from the soap and bath bomb sales. The proceeds will cover the one-year membership dues to the club for six local children.
Pictured l to r: (front) Chloe Stiles, Yessenia Gonzalez, B&G Club Executive Director Tammy Denham, and COTO Bookstore Manager Shari Douglas; (back) Parker Hope, COTO Biology Instructor Bob Starkey, and COTO President Dr Steve Rook. Not pictured are Jared McCarver and Jake Malone.