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Community Colleges Kick Off Fundraiser

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 18, 2011

Organizers of Hands Across California say Sunday's statewide event was among the largest fundraising events in higher education.

Participants joined hands to create human chains across at least 53 of California's 112 community colleges…and at the State Capitol in Downtown Sacramento where about two-hundred people took part…including Jill Scofield with the Foundation for California Community Colleges:  

"There are nearly 3 million community college students in California. It's the largest system of higher education. And right now, students continue to struggle. Almost half of them have no resources to pay for college. So that again just underscores the need for all of us I think to stand up for community college students."

Sunday's event was aimed at raising money for the California Community College Scholarship Endowment. Supporters will be able to donate money online or by texting with their mobile phones.

The event was inspired by Hands Across America, when an estimated six-and-a-half Million people joined hands across the country to raise money to combat hunger and homelessness.

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