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FAL-WIN 2018

The alumni magazine for Franklin Pierce University.

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FALL / WINTER 2018 PIERCE 23 OPENING A TAB Field Hockey's Strassburg Leads Operation Can Tab FACING PAGE: DAN FORGET (GOLF); LUKE TRACY (SPECIAL OLYMPICS). THIS PAGE: JESSICA STRASSBURG. J essica Strassburg '16 MBA '20 has been collecting can tabs on her own since her freshman year at Franklin Pierce. Now, more than a year later, she heads a club on campus dedicated to the same goal, and is loving every minute of it. Operation Can Tab, a campus club, focuses on collecting can tabs, on and off campus, to be donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Shriners sells the tabs to recycling companies and uses the proceeds to pay for expensive surgeries and recoveries for sick and injured children. Shriners operates 22 nonprofit medical facilities across North America. Strassburg, an elementary education and English major, has a personal connection to the hospital which has made fundraising even closer to her heart. "My cousin actually went to Shriners from the time he was a baby until he was 18, because he has cerebral palsy," said Strassburg. Aer collecting here and there in high school, Strassburg really started to collect in her dorm room and then started to receive more and more can tabs from her friends on campus. "It was a lot of word of mouth; I play field hockey so my teammates are really supportive," said Strassburg. "en the lacrosse team got involved, and through Snapchat it spread like wildfire." On Feb. 28, Operation Can Tab was voted into existence as an official club by Pierce's Student Government Association. "It was surreal, because I didn't ever imagine it becoming a club," said Strassburg. "I thought it was just going to be a little, 'Oh, hey let's save our can tabs for Shriners,' but when people started getting involved I was like, 'Okay it's time to organize this.'" e club held its final collection April 30, just before the close of the spring semester. e club collected a total of 300 pounds of tabs over the year, which were donated to the Shriners Hospital in Springfield, Mass. — Shannon Slater '19 It was a lot of word of mouth; I play field hockey so my teammates are really supportive. Then the lacrosse team got involved, and through Snapchat it spread like wildfire. — JESSICA STRASSBURG '16 MBA '20

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