Event Honors Service-Learning Community Partners

Meredith College held its annual Community Partner Recognition Luncheon on Monday, March 8. The event celebrates the local schools and organizations that work with students through Meredith’s service-learning program.

Representatives from Habitat for Humanity, Haven House, Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and several Wake County schools were among those in attendance.

Associate Vice President for Academic Programs Cindy Edwards shared some statistics about service at Meredith. Since 2001, Meredith has offered 162 service-learning courses. More than 2,200 students have been involved in service-learning, completing 33,769 hours of service.

Edwards thanked the community partners for making these experiences possible.

“When our students work with you, they gain a rich, meaningful application for what they are learning in class,” Edwards said.

Service-learning at Meredith takes place in the Wake County area and abroad.

This semester, students in Sansepolcro, Italy, are tutoring children in afterschool programs, as part of Meredith’s semester study abroad curriculum.

In the summer of 2009, 14 students studying Spanish and culture in Costa Rica worked on a reforestation project in which they planted 60 native trees. They also created Spanish-language brochures and games directed at an elementary school audience in order to teach students conservation strategies.

Meredith’s service-learning and volunteer efforts were recently recognized on the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. During the timeframe covered by the honor roll, more than 1,500 Meredith students were engaged in community service, either through service-learning programs or other service efforts. These students performed nearly 12,000 hours of service.

Date Submitted: 2010-03-09

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