ACU, J.C. Penney Honored for State School Service

for immediate release Sept. 29, 1997

Abilene State School Volunteer Service Council will present Star Awards to Abilene Christian University and J.C. Penney Co. for service to the school and its clients.

These awards from the Texas Mental Health/Mental Retardation Commission will be presented during a luncheon Thursday, Oct. 9, at 11:45 a.m. at the Oakwood Trails Lodge on the Abilene State School campus.

ACU's Department of Industrial Technology has been a longtime supporter of the clients at Abilene State School through class projects. Students in Wood Manufacturing Technology I class do "table-top" engineering modular construction as a part of the requirement of the course.

"When asked if they would prefer to do a 'real-life' project that would enhance the lives of less-fortunate individuals, they unanimously agree that building the real thing is more fun and more educational than working in the lab," said Dr. Jerry Drennan, professor of industrial technology.

During the past 10 years, approximately 150 students have built five screened cabins and three shelters in the Oakwood Trails addition of the Abilene State School campus.

The 1997 class is involved in the development of the Jeannie Johnson Memorial Park by building a gazebo near the chapel.

Drennan, who teaches the class in wood technology, is a member of the board of the Volunteer Service Council and also serves as a member of the Public Responsibility Committee at Abilene State School.

J.C. Penney department store has worked for several years with the Christmas Tree Gifts for the clients of Abilene State School. Gifts are purchased at a discount by citizens of the Big Country Area and presented to individual clients to assure that all clients receive at least one gift during Christmas time.

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Last update: September 29, 1997