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November 04, 2019 : Student organization donates over five hundred canned food items for children and families in Fairfield County.

by Maria Polanco –


OSEA Food DriveOhio University Lancaster’s OSEA-OUL completed their canned food drive collecting and donating over five hundred canned food items for children and families in Fairfield County. OSEA-OUL is a local chapter of the Ohio Student Education Association (OSEA) and the National Education Association (NEA).


Debra Dunning, associate professor of instruction for OHIO Lancaster, is the advisor the OSEA-OUL organization. She said, “OSEA OUL is important for education majors at OUL as it is a professional organization that gives them professional opportunities such as conferences while also providing support in the field with insurance to protect them.  It gives them an opportunity to meet with other education students to socialize and serve others on campus and in the community.”


Debra Dunning also sheds light on the food drive that was recently hosted by saying “The food drive brought in over 200 cans of food and represented a group and campus effort. OSEA-OUL also gives our students a chance to have a "voice" in Ohio education and leadership positions that they probably would not have at a regional campus.”


Student member Jessica Stoneburner says “I love being a part of OSEA because it has allowed me to meet others who share my passion for teaching and has given me the opportunity to participate in many professional development opportunities that will be valuable to me in the future. Also, I like that OSEA encourages student leadership by allowing members to take ownership of the events while our advisors offer guidance and support.”


The purpose of OSEA is to support teacher education programs by promoting interest in public education. Meetings are a part of the #EdPowerHour which take place fall and spring semester at various times and locations to meet student needs and interest. The mission statement of the organization is to “help empower teacher candidates on their educational journey in regard to the basic human domains of cognitive, emotional, social and physical areas’. This organization offers opportunities for teacher education majors to gain personal growth and professional competence through meeting with others and serving the community.


For more information regarding the OSEA-OUL organization, contact Debra Dunning, or 740.654.6711 ext. 13373