International Exchange Students Pick up the “Tab” for Charity

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Long Prairie, MN – November 20th, 2013 – Exchange students from International Student Exchange (ISE), collected over two boxes full of soda tabs for the local Ronald McDonald House Chapter. The soda tabs can be resold for funds.

ISE, a student exchange organization, runs a community service program called Project HELP. Each foreign exchange student must do 5 hours of community service. Most students go above and beyond that number. In Minnesota, the students collect soda tabs and donate them to the Ronald McDonald House Charities for their Project HELP contribution.

“We have done this for the last 17-18 years. It becomes a community event as churches, sports teams and classmates give the exchange students their tabs” Rose Hawkins, Regional Director for ISE.

Rose runs the region for ISE and is the main organizer for this program. Every year, Rose collects soda tabs from her foreign exchange students. For every sandwich size baggie of soda tabs, the student receives one hour of community service time. They still have 4 hours to complete their Project HELP goal.

“Each year we collect at least 2 full paper boxes. On a good year, have collected over 4 boxes” stated Rose.



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