RIPON COLLEGE STUDENTS, including Green Lake native Cordell Walker (upper left in the green sweater) stand with a massive pile of blankets they created for sick children.    submitted photo
RIPON COLLEGE STUDENTS, including Green Lake native Cordell Walker (upper left in the green sweater) stand with a massive pile of blankets they created for sick children. submitted photo

     MORE OFTEN THAN NOT,  fund-raising and philanthropic activities in the Ripon community follow two similar but separate tracks.

     One occurs in the community at large. Organizations such as the United Way, Ripon’s service clubs and others work for the benevolence of the city in which they exist.

     The other? Students, in their free moments between classes, internships, jobs and more, raise funds and awareness for another set of needs in Ripon and beyond.

     Both efforts are worthwhile. Yet rarely do their paths come together.

     When they do? It’s a beautiful example of how town-gown relations can be about more than young adults spending money downtown.

     One such example occurred just a few weeks ago ...

     IT’S CALLED “LOVE Your Melon,” and its goal has nothing to do with raising well-nurtured cantaloupe.

     “Love Your Melon is a nonprofit organization that basically sells hats — beanies — and 50 percent of profits goes to children battling cancer,” said Green Lake resident Cordell Walker, a senior at Ripon College and a member of the organization.

     Walker explained that it “works with a lot of other great non-profits  like the Ronald McDonald house” and has student chapters on numerous college campuses. “They also try to give a child who is battling cancer a hat, which is really cool.” ...

     LOCALLY, THE LOVE YOUR Melon club at Ripon College works to support the mission of the national organization by raising both funds and creating blankets for young cancer patients.

     Ripon’s group, in fact, is incredibly successful at doing so. ...

     To read the entire column, see the Dec. 28, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.