EWU’s annual spring tea for the HOME program is back for the 19th annual fundraiser Tuesday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in Monroe Hall.
“The spring tea is a celebration of the student-parents who have, within the past year, received a HOME child care scholarship,” Candace Martin, program coordinator for Women’s and Gender Studies, said. “It is an opportunity for those on campus and in our community to unite in support of these students.”
More than $2,700 was raised last year from the fundraiser, and five students received a child care scholarship with the average amounting to $600. The scholarship supports student-parents by providing money for child care, which is a critical issue when earning a college degree.
“Student-parents have to pay for classes, books and room and board. They also have to find child care and pay for that,” Martin said. “Child care is not inexpensive, so we think that these child care scholarships are sometimes the difference between continuing your education or not as a student-parent, which makes them pretty invaluable.”
New to this year’s fundraiser is a silent auction. Gift baskets will be up for bid starting April 21 in Monroe 207. Individuals may place a bid on an item until the tea is over on April 25 at 4 p.m. You do not need to attend the tea in order to bid on an item.
The tea will take place Tuesday, April 25, from 2-4 p.m. in Monroe Hall Room 205. General admission is $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door. For students, pre-sale is $15, and $20 at the door.