Heart-shaped cookies for Student Appreciation Day

Photo by Brandi Washington

Don Lovisa and Karen Graham handed out cookies to students as they pass through the Pit.

A tasteful surprise this Feb. 2 made Groundhog Day take a backseat. Pink and red sugar cookies were given away in honour of Student Appreciation day. This may not be your usual bacon and eggs to start off the morning, but the sugar woke up many students to see their shadow.

Durham College president Don Lovisa was in on the action as well, handing out cookies to some of the students in the Pit.

Every year on this day, Durham College staff show their gratitude by giving out a delicious snack. This is done to show the efforts and progress students to make each year. Last year was pizza and the year before, hot chocolate. Every year, Durham staff want to treat the students by doing a kind gesture to fill their craving.

This year was special because Durham College has been educating students for 50 years. Durham College was founded in 1967 and has more than 73,000 graduates. This year there are 12,000 students. Krista Luxton, communications officer at DC, said they need to be acknowledged.

She dropped off cookies at many locations around the school.

And what a better way to show students their appreciation than with heart-shaped cookies, just in time for the most romantic holiday of the year.

“It’s February and Valentine’s Day is coming up, so we are just sharing the love with our students,” Luxton said. “And from our heart to yours, we just want to say thank you.”

Many students grabbed a cookie on their way to class. One of them was Jude Kabongo.

Kabongo is in his second-year of Broadcasting – Radio and Contemporary Media. He said the theme of Student Appreciation day is obvious by the shape of the cookie.

“In the spirt of Valentine’s Day, it shows that they love us,” he said.

With love in the air, Luxton wants students to not forget why this event occurs. It is not only to appreciate students but to motivate them to continue to put out effort.

“Find what you love to do and be part of that community here at DC,” she said. “And the more involved you get, the more opportunities come up and you’ll just start seeing doors open everywhere.”

More than 3,000 cookies were given away during the event, which meant cookies were the way to the many of the student’s hearts.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Brandi Washington is a second-year journalism student at Durham College. She is currently a co-host on The Vibe at Riot Radio on Tuesdays at 9 P.M. Brandi is an avid lover of entertainment news and enjoys covering it. She also likes to cover sports and is a big Toronto Raptors fan.