Note: This story was last updated on October 18, 2017.
About 90 Poole College students are among the 1500 or so NC State students participating in this year’s campus-wide Shack-a-Thon fundraiser that continues on the Brickyard through Friday. Their goal: to raise $65,000 in donations which will help the NC State Habitat for Humanity Chapter build its 23rd home.
The Poole College team raised $3,465, placing it fifth among teams in the 2017 campaign.
Members of Alpha Kappa Psi and the Business Spanish Club are leading the college’s efforts this year, and have engaged scores of students from throughout the college to participate in building, operating and occupying the shack – a 24/7 commitment for each team.
The Poole team was raising funds through the sale of baked goods, raffles for gift cards and a dog-petting station at the shack on the Brickyard. The team also is accepting donations from fellow students, alumni and local businesses.
“All are encouraged to take some time to stroll to the brickyard in front of DH Hill and visit our cool Poole shack and help the Poole team finish in first place,” said Tamah Morant, associate dean for undergraduate programs.” The college’s team ranked second last year.
This year’s shack is special, in that it commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Poole College of Management, Morant said. “The anniversary has increased student involvement in the shack, and students are hopeful that this major milestone will increase alumni donations as well,” she said.
Alpha Kappa Psi has led the construction of the shack, with a continuing focus on sustainability, she said, noting that the structure has been built specifically so that it may be easily dismantled and the parts reused in coming years.
Shack-a-thon started at NC State in 1998 with one shack and a few passionate students wanting to bring awareness to the issue of affordable housing.