By SAVANNAH LINDVAY, Staff Reporter ¦
On Sept. 18, Amarillo College students gathered in the Oeschger mall on the Washington Street Campus for the Advocacy Resource Center Resource Fair.
The fair is held annually in the beginning of the fall semester. It provides students with exposure to both campus and local community resources.
One of the primary goals of the fair is to “help the students realize what all they qualify for, just for being students.” Ashley Hernandez, social services coordinator, said.
The fair has grown exponentially in the last two years in both student and vendor participation. The booths at the fair ranged from banks, to nonprofit organizations, to health care services and more.
“Vendors are just as interested in students as students are in them,” Judith Lara, social services assistant, said. At the fair, students were able to register to vote and could get a free partial eye exam. The Texas Health Department was there to administer immunizations and help educate students about getting vaccinated. Students could also sign up for a drawing to receive a $500 scholarship.
Lara said the fair is all about fostering goodwill toward the students. There is a lot of effort put into the event to make it appealing to students, she said.
The diversity of the fair “prevents students from having to jump through so many hoops” to obtain the resources, said Lara. It is meant to be a one-stop shop for students to make their lives a little simpler, Hernandez said.