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Exposures: I Care: Students put Aggie pride on display

UC Davis senior Tara Storm, right, of the student-run program We Are Aggie Pride tells Victoria Liew about financial assistance available for students during Pajamarino on Friday.
UC Davis senior Tara Storm, right, of the student-run program We Are Aggie Pride tells Victoria Liew about financial assistance available for students during Pajamarino on Friday. lsterling@sacbee.com

A pajama-clad parade of UC Davis students arrives at the Davis Amtrak station for Pajamarino, a 102-year tradition of welcoming returning alumni the night before the big homecoming game.

Tables line the sidewalk offering food samples and campus information. UC Davis senior Tara Storm hands out fliers and informs passers-by about a student philanthropy program called We Are Aggie Pride that provides temporary emergency funding to students at risk of dropping out due to financial hardship.

Storm also invites people to the Heroes Run fundraiser, a superhero-themed 5k run and walk through the UC Davis campus on Oct. 25. The program was started by students three years ago and, under the guidance of faculty, provides financial assistance to students in crisis when other loans and grants have dried up for things like textbooks, rent, groceries and gas.

“It’s students helping students,” said Salma Issa, 18, a sophomore who recently applied for and received a bookstore award to purchase her textbooks. “It’s the best thing ever.”

For more information on the Heroes Run, go to http://heroesrun.ucdavis.edu/heroesrun.

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