KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – Money runs thin for most Knox County Departments. The Knox County Parks Department included. But one Vincennes University class helped the Parks Department out in a big way. At a meeting Monday night, the VU class presented to the Parks Department, a public relations campaign aimed at getting people excited about visiting Knox County’s parks.
“We have a brochure now, but it’s mostly for Wabash Trails, this was something that we could use as a general introduction to all of the parks,” said Rama Sobhani, Superintendent, Knox County Parks and Recreation Department.
The campaign presentation, which rounded out the semester for the students, couldn’t have came at a better time for the Parks Department, which is slowly seeing increased foot traffic now that warmer temperatures are moving into Southern Indiana.
“We started working with them as a class project,” said Sobhani.
But, that class project quickly transformed into a real life experience for students.
“This is a real life situation, where they had to deliver. And they did. They delivered a brochure, coloring book, a nice multi-media presentation,” said Bernie Schmitt, Professor, Vincennes University. “They are full time students, some of them work, they have other things that they like to do.”
Schmitt explained the students worked under tight deadlines, and as a capstone of the project, presented their work to the Parks Board. The campaign included an updated brochure that shared the benefits of all of Knox County’s parks. It also included a coloring book to get children interested in the parks.
“It’s been wonderful working on real life projects, not just something somebody made up of out a text book,” said Jordan Buescher, a student majoring in Public Relations, and participating in the project. “We just learned real life experiences, you know, working on things, meeting with a person who could be a possible employer”