Stu­dent donor in Truro revels in learn­ing, giv­ing back

The Amherst News - - LOCAL -

Kayla Beck en­joys giv­ing back. It’s what drew her to En­ac­tus — an ex­tracur­ric­u­lar stu­dent pro­gram that sees those from di­verse fields of study work­ing on com­mu­nity projects — and ul­ti­mately to be­com­ing a donor to Make Way — The Cam­paign for NSCC.

“When I found out I could di­rect my dona­tion, it made it very im­pact­ful for me,” says Kayla, an In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness stu­dent at the NSCC’s Truro Cam­pus.

The 29-year-old chose to put her $500 dona­tion to­ward the Ur­gent Aid Fund, which helps NSCC stu­dents across Nova Sco­tia who are fac­ing un­ex­pected fi­nan­cial chal­lenges and in danger of leav­ing their pro­gram.

It was Kayla’s way of pay­ing it for­ward.

Ear­lier, af­ter se­cur­ing a four-month in­tern­ship at the Nova Sco­tia Boat­builders As­so­ci­a­tion in Hal­i­fax, she found her­self in dire need be­cause she couldn’t af­ford to rent a new apart­ment in the city. For­tu­nately, Prin­ci­pal Lech Krzy­wonos made her case at The Ro­tary Club of Truro, and the or­ga­ni­za­tion cov­ered her dam­age de­posit. The Ro­tar­i­ans also loaned her $490 to cover her first month’s rent, telling her not to pay them back, but to pay it for­ward (she added an­other $10 to make it an even $500 dona­tion).

“I put it to Ur­gent Aid be­cause I know there are other stu­dents in dire need at my cam­pus,” says Kayla. “Cam­pus staff tried to help me in ev­ery way pos­si­ble, and I am very grate­ful for that.”

She en­joys giv­ing back through En­ac­tus, one of NSCC’s ex­tra­or­di­nary learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that is also ben­e­fit­ting from Make Way.

“I can see that it’s ben­e­fi­cial to what I’m learn­ing, and I’ve al­ways liked to give back,” says Kayla, who serves as En­ac­tus Pres­i­dent at the Truro Cam­pus. This year, Dol­lars for Schol­ars — the group’s used text-book con­sign­ment busi­ness — was a huge suc­cess.

“We dou­bled our num­bers and saved our stu­dents over $6,980,” says Kayla.

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