On Wednesday, Oct. 15, the Lory Student Plaza of Colorado State University’s campus was crowded with more than students walking to and from classes. Student organizations participating in the 28th annual Cans Around the Oval competed against each other to create the best structure with the cans they have collected for the food drive.
“CANStruction is a really fun event that helps to raise awareness about Cans Around the Oval and hunger issues in Fort Collins and Larimer County,” said Jenn Rieskamp, volunteer program coordinator for the on-campus Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement office.
This event, which was born of a student’s idea almost 30 years ago, has become ingrained in CSU tradition and is one students enjoy most.
Students and three CSU celebrity judges from the SLiCE office, the Office of International Programs and the Larimer County Food Bank voted for their favorite structures. After voting, the winners of CANstruction 2014 are:
- Lincoln Middle School
- CSU Hillel
- Warner College of Natural Resources College Council
“SLiCE would like to invite students, faculty and staff to participate in Cans Around the Oval so they can help support the 1 in 10 Larimer County residents who experience hunger every day,” said Rieskamp.
Over the last 27 years, this program has helped to provide 2.1 million meals to residents in Larimer County and is a great way to serve the community.
On Oct. 22, all participating groups will drop off their donations at CSU’s Oval between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.:
- 10 a.m.-Noon: Student organizations
- Noon-2p.m.: Greek Life and Residence Life
- 2p.m.-4p.m.: CSU colleges, departments and offices and community participants