August 20, 2009

News Roundup: August 20, 2009

I have been inundated with service-learning spotlights over the last few days. Our field needs to continue "shining the spotlight" (as Amy Cohen used to say) on the good work being done in the field and the people doing the work! I cannot wait to watch us (as a field) harness the momentum from United We Serve, and move service-learning forward with the National Learn & Serve Challenge. Now, on to the news!

Salt Lake Tribune, August 19, 2009 - A spotlight on Gerald Wright Elementary School. The building is actually LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Students participate in service-learning. As the principal said, "The children know they are our future. They can be a productive and a vital and important part of looking at the world in a different way." Yes! We need more people and schools like Gerald Wright Elementary School in Salt Lake City, UT!

Statesman Journal, August 19, 2009 - Georgia Downey's participation in service-learning unwittingly opened more doors for her. She is profiled here because of a mentorship program she participated in with Willamette National Forest Detroit Ranger Station fisheries biologist Darren Cross. Read about what she called "destiny."

Shreveport Times, August 19, 2009 - A spotlight on Shreveport Green and ShrevCORPS.

Tiger Weekly, August 18, 2009 - In this article, Kristina Stafford advises LSU's incoming freshmen to "GET INVOLVED ON CAMPUS." One of the ways she advises students to get involved is through service-learning courses. LSU offers 175 service-learning courses in over 35 departments! This is great to hear!

Jackson Citizen Patriot, August 18, 2009 - Another great spotlight on a service-learning program. This one comes from a Michigan Campus Compact member.

UDaily, August 18, 2009 - University of Delaware hosted a Service Learning Scholars Symposium on Friday, August 14. There are quite of few inspiring stories here about service-learning in higher education.

NHL News, August 4, 2009 - This Saturday, Coach Bruce Boudreau and defenseman Brian Pothier, of the Washington Captials, will participate in Beautification Day. This is part of the United We Serve program. The most exciting part is that fans are encouraged to volunteer with the Caps and participate in the event! The Capts will also host a service event in January 2010 near MLK Day. I love seeing local athletes coming out and giving back to their fans!

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