Have a couple dead cellphones in a drawer somewhere? Getting rid of them could aid victims of domestic abuse. Students in Dr. Angela Keaton’s “Theory and Practice of Citizenship” class at Tusculum College are collecting old wireless phones and accessories to support HopeLine, Verizon Wireless’ program that works to prevent domestic violence and raise awareness about the issue.
Keaton is an assistant professor of history and director of the Honors Program at Tusculum College.
The class project group will be collecting cellphones at Niswonger Commons on Tusculum’s Greeneville campus outside the Cafeteria on Tuesday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Any no longer used wireless phones and accessories from any service provider will be accepted.
HopeLine has made more than $7.9 million in grants to domestic violence agencies and organizations throughout the country. In addition they have distributed more than 90,000 phones with the equivalent of more than 300 million minutes of free wireless service to be used by victims of domestic violence.
Students coordinating the project are Jordan Baron, a mathematics major with a computer science concentration from Nashville; Matt Darnell, undeclared from Stafford, Va.; Keema Fann, a business major from Greeneville; Rebecca Foxworth, a museum studies major from Bonifay, Fla., and Cierra Ockstadt, a freshman business major from Portland, Tenn.
For more information, contact the college at 423-636-7304.