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4/10/2009 —

Coupon clipping isn’t just for busy moms with hungry mouths to feed anymore. Under the direction of Penn State Brandywine’s honors students, members of the campus community clipped $13,022 in coupons, more than doubling their goal for one afternoon, to benefit the U.S. Navy base in Ikego, Japan.

For the Cooper Honors Scholars’ National Honors Day of Service project, the group joined with hopes of clipping $5,000 worth of coupons that families on the base can use to save on food and other groceries on Tuesday, April 7.

Freshman honors scholar Lauren Orner, of Brookhaven, said, “By sending the coupons we clip, we can help military families get the supplies they need. This is a free and easy way to serve, and we would like to share this opportunity with the whole Penn State community.”

Dr. Laura Guertin, of Media, adviser to students in the honors program, showed her support for the project with a play on a popular phrase used throughout the University community, “We are … Making a big difference,” she exclaimed.

Each year the campus sponsors a different U.S. base abroad. In 2008, with help from volunteers at Granite Farms Estates, the campus sent $156,819.02 worth of coupons to the U.S. Navy base in Yokohama, Japan. In 2007, the campus collected and donated $5,835.70 to the U.S. Air Force Base in Lakenheath, UK.

In February of this year, the campus sent a shipment of $16,588.79 to the U.S. Navy base in Sigonella, Sicily, which is the base the campus will sponsor for 2009.

Groups of Penn State Brandywine students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends join to clip coupons for the U.S. Navy base in Ikego, Japan in the Tomezsko Classroom Building Lounge. The group raised $13,022 in coupons, exceeding their goal of $5,000 for the afternoon.

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