News Release, College of Southern Maryland

Members of the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) La Plata Campus Engineering Club decided to do something special for area first responders this holiday season. As a way to show their appreciation, the club hand-made cards and stuffed gift boxes with cookies, nuts, snacks and teas and delivered the gifts to the volunteer men and women of the La Plata Volunteer Fire Department, the law enforcement officers at the La Plata Police Department and the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, and to CSM’s Public Safety Officers.

“While visiting the firehouse, CSM Engineering Club members were given a tour, were challenged to work with some of the heavy apparatus and attempted to get in and out of firefighting gear in 45 seconds or less,” shared Pre-Engineering Program Coordinator and Engineering Club Adviser Jehnell Linkins. “I think everyone had a great visit and enjoyed the spirit of the season. We are all truly grateful for every one of our first responders in Southern Maryland.”

From left, Pre-Engineering Program Coordinator and Engineering Club Adviser Jehnell Linkins. La Plata Police Officer Michael Payne, La Plata Police Chief Carl Shinner, CSM mechanical engineering student Joan Popoola and CSM electrical engineering student Arianna Gaskins after the students delivered holiday goodies and thanks to the officers.
CSM La Plata Campus Engineering Club students express gratitude to local first responders.
Members of the CSM La Plata Campus Engineering Club pose with La Plata Volunteer Firefighter Lt. Charles Benson.


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