Group Honored For Awareness Efforts

By: Doug Brown
By: Doug Brown

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - One local student organization was recognized Wednesday with the Champion of Character Award.

The Washburn Sales and Marketing Executives, supervised by Dr. Susie Pryor, received this month's award for their work in organizing the 2012 Underage Drinking Town Hall Meeting.

To start the Wednesday ceremony before the Safe Streets monthly meeting at Great Overland Station, the group did what it does best -- dancing as a flash mob. The group put together a flash mob to encourage Washburn University students to have a safe spring break after Safe Streets contacted them about getting the message out.

It isn't all about the dancing, though. The organization says the message about underage and binge drinking is important.

"Students don't think about the repercussions of their actions, especially at a university," said Washburn SME President Autumn Kirchner. "It could go as far as you are kicked out of college and I don't think that is something people think about when they should be."

Safe Streets and Topeka City of Character give the award each month to those who improve the health, safety and quality of life in the community.


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