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If you think that spring semester is mostly uneventful, you'd be wrong. In fact, some of the biggest secular events happen during spring, so it's important that you restock your tabling supplies to promote them!

Whether it's MLK Day, Darwin Day, or Ask an Atheist Day, tabling is one of the most effective forms of promotion a group can do. As a service to our groups, we send out brochures, stickers, and other tabling goodies free of charge! We even have fancy SSA banners for our branded affiliates! The only thing you have to do is request these items using our ordering form, and we'll get it out to you as soon as we can.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is January 18 this year. Most people take this federal holiday off, but some extraordinary people use this day of remembrance to make the world a better place. Most campuses have a school sponsored activity going on, and we encourage your group to participate.

We also hope that you will use MLK Day as a chance to reach out to your Black student union about doing that service event together. It's often harder for Black people to be openly secular because of how ingrained religion is with Black communities. This is an excellent opportunity to build connections and dispel myths about the secular worldview while doing good in your community.

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We're proud of Lakeridge Secular Alliance!

"It's amazing to represent secular students and bring them support, but even better when in doing so we can also help others in need by doing things like volunteering at the Food Bank."

Ethan Kirkham, President

Five members of LSA, including their adviser, volunteered at the Oregon Food Bank to sort damaged but still usable foods into Healthy and Supplemental categories. This was their first volunteer activity as a group, and provided a fun opportunity for members to do good work during Winter Break and spend time together as friends. They worked so efficiently that they were able to complete their work an hour early!



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The Secular Student Alliance at Jacksonville State University is Outstanding!

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Every year, the National Secular Student Alliance hears about amazing things that our students, affiliate groups, Secular Safe Zone Allies, and advisors are doing. When we hear of an individual or group doing something especially awesome, we present them with an Award for Outstanding Activism for their exemplary work. 

The Secular Student Alliance at Jacksonville State University in Alabama is one of our newest affiliates, with this being their first semester on campus, and they have been kicking butt! To close out the year, they held a toy drive event to support the Jacksonville Regional Medical Center. As a result, this RMC will open a toy closet so other organizations can also donate toys for children who will be celebrating a holiday (or their birthday) in a hospital bed.

The event was also included a free showing of holiday-themed movie, and SSAJSU sold popcorn, drinks, and hot cocoa as an extra fundraiser. Around 20 people came, including several new faces!

"People seem to think that what we're doing is pretty awesome," Ben Williams, President of SSAJSU says, "I want everyone to know that they can make an impact on their local community. You will meet many people that you didn't even know would be your closest friends!"

Thank you!!!

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You did it!

We were blown out of the water when David Smalley at Dogma Debate told us that he thought they could raise $40,000 for us.  To be here now, with over $105,000 raised from the Broadcastathon, is just incredible.  

The Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are Outstanding!

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Every year, the National Secular Student Alliance hears about amazing things that our students, affiliate groups, Secular Safe Zone Allies, and advisors are doing. When we hear of an individual or group doing something especially awesome, we present them with an Award for Outstanding Activism for their exemplary work. 

Sometimes it's the traditional things that win friends on campus, like a bake sale! Nothing more innocent than a bakesale, right? Well, in the case of the Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, you'd be wrong. AHA held a "Blasphemy Bake Sale" where they baked and decorated cupcakes and brownies, and made little flags with swear words or sexual slang terms  and sold them for $1 each. The proceeds then went to the Women's Medical Fund!

Officers bought ingredients ahead of time and set a time for baking and then advertised it to members. At their baking nights, they made the flags out of toothpicks and paper and went through all the swear words they could think of, then sexual terms, and then sex acts - AHA at UW-Madison ended up with quite a variety of flags. They planned to meet up at a location to sell on a Friday/Saturday night when lots of people are out and advertised that they were raising money for the Women's Medical Fund.

"We learned that being really enthusiastic and full of energy is easy for a few hours, but by the end of the night the officers who had been there the whole time were tired and not as enthusiastic. Officers need to be in shifts to keep sales up throughout the night," said Cassidy Slinger, Volunteering Chair of AHA at UW-Madison. 

Regardless of how tired some of their officers may have been by the end of the night, AHA at UW-Madison still raised $120 for the Women's Medical Fund - that's 120 different cupcakes (and swear words)! AHA at UW-Madison says this is the most they have ever raised at one time. 

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