ITS Cell Phone Drive Media Hits

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Media hits for the ITS Cell Phone Drive- a yearly event I plan and promote that safely recycles cell phones and raises money for Kids on Campus.

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ITS Cell Phone Drive Media Hits

  1. 1. ITS student group conducts used cell phone drive By: Kristen Rapin ATHENS, Ohio (May 11, 2009)—The Telecommunication Systems Management Association held its second annual cell phone drive on the Ohio University campus May 4-6. The group collected used cell phones and accessories to raise money for Kids on Campus while helping the environment. “The drive benefits everybody,” TSMA president Russ Brocker said. “It helps community members get rid of the cell phones in their drawers, it keeps the environment clean, and it provides local children opportunities that only Kids on Campus can provide them.” Brocker said recycling these cell phones minimizes the impact resource extraction has on the environment, as well as prevent ma- terials such as arsenic, copper and lead from entering the water, soil and air. “We have to be proactive when it comes to addressing the issue of e-waste,” said Brocker. “The event has been a fun bonding experience for us, and a way to get TSMA’s name out,” said junior Britney Grimmelsman who does PR for TSMA. “It’s a great way to help the environment, while also helping a local organization like Kids on Campus.” Students to collect electronics to refurbish, donate to charity Ohio University students will be collecting used electronics to benefit My Sister's Place and Kids on Campus through May 4. The drive, in its second year, is spearheaded by the Telecommu- nication Systems Management Association (TSMA) and club president Russ Brocker. "Since it (was) just earth month, we're trying to go off that and do something good for the environment," said Britney Grimmelsman, a spokeswoman for the McClure School. Don't throw away that old cell Grimmelsman said the event received about 50 cell phones and 100 various accessories last year. phone Students can donate used cell phones, chargers, beepers and Don't know what to do with that cell phone you accessories between noon and 3 p.m. in Baker University Center abandoned for one with more bells and whis- outside the fourth floor. tles? Here's your answer. The Telecommunication Systems Management Association (TSMA), a student organization for information and tele- communication systems majors, is sponsoring a cell phone donation drive. Phones will be sent to Eco-Cell, which will auc- tion them to individuals and hospitals in devel- oping countries. Proceeds from the auction will be given back to TSMA, which plans to donate the money to Ohio University's Kids on Campus program. Kids on- Campus provides underserved, at-risk children with afterschool and summer programs.

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