NIC class learns fundraising by doing

It takes planning to hold a successful ski movie premiere or plan a rafting trip. North Idaho College Resort/Recreation Management Instructor Paul Chivvis said the best way to learn how to plan is to learn by experience. It’s been six years since NIC’s event planning class began “learning by doing,” Chivvis said.

“Every semester I’m blown away by what they come up with,” Chivvis said.

Event planning is a core requirement for NIC’s Resort/Recreation Management program, which is designed to give students the necessary skills and certificates needed to obtain employment in the outdoor recreation field. Students learn how to write press releases and set up events.  Students this year have already held a “Dodgeball for Hunger” event and a “Jam for Cans” concert. There is also a food drive underway at Sorensen Elementary until Dec. 20 where classes are competing to see who can raise the most food.

The events raise money for local charities, provide the community with fun things to do and give the students real-world experience in their field.

There is still one event coming up from the class that the public is welcome to participate in. All of the donations gathered at the events benefit either NIC scholarship funds or local food banks:

Holiday Scavenger Hunt. The public is invited to participate in a fun-filled scavenger hunt with a holiday theme from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 beginning in the NIC Edminster Student Union Building. Participants should get there early to set up groups. Two cans of food are asked as a donation to participate. Scavenger hunters will follow riddles to various locations to take pictures and get signatures to win prizes. The teams that solve the most riddles will earn prizes such as gift cards from local coffee shops and restaurants.
Information: Lauren Nennecker, NIC Student (208) 699-4151 or Or, Facebook page:

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Posted: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

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