Your local Kiwanis Club had a very busy meeting this past Thursday afternoon, January 25th, when they had many visitors and guests representing different events. Between the clay shoot, the Koats for Kids campaign, and that day’s presentation from LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander, Kiwanians had a lot of great things to be excited about. The group is gearing up for a big 2018 with many charitable causes, presentations, and various other occasions to give back to the community. On this day, their main focus was on all of LaGrange College’s progress and the tremendous growth it has undergone in the past few years.
Before the president made his presentation on the college, some of the Kiwanians had a final update on a big project that they have been working on. Koats for Kids is an annual event sponsored by Kiwanis. They collect coats to send to different people in need across the community. This year, the group collected over 450 coats that will go to those in need. In addition, Ideal Cleaners provides an incredible service by taking all the donated coats and cleaning them for free. After this, the coats are sent to the clothing closet for distribution. The club stepped up, with member Mark Acree buying 10 coats and telling the club that if they would raise $100 that he would match it. The club exceeded their goal and was able to purchase 17 brand new coats.
President Dan McAlexander’s presentation that day covered the overall progress of the college in the past few years. He opened by talking about all of the new physical additions to the college, including the Hudson Lab Sciences building ($17 million), the Broad Street Apartments ($4.4 million), and the West Side School renovations ($4.5 million) just to name a few. In fact, from 2011 until 2017, the college has had over $37.6 million dollars in construction with over 250,000 square feet of new or renovated space. Their budget has gone from $29.9 million dollars in FY2009 to $40.7 million dollars in FY2018.
McAlexander would go on to speak on the sports programs, including highlights such as the previously number one nationally ranked baseball team, the outstanding golf program, the men’s basketball team, and USA Sports South tournament that will be hosted for the third year in La-Grange/Troup County. Amongst all of these different buildings, marketing campaigns, and various other topics, the most important information was on the student testimonials and how many students from the college have gone on to have great success in the work force or the next level of higher education. LaGrange College is making an impact and a huge difference in the lives of many, many students.
The author of this article can be reached via email at jandrews@ troupcountynews. net.