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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Service-Learning Impact: Spring 2013

Service-Learning Impact: Spring 2013

The Brookhaven College community donated its time and talents in spring 2013, creating an economic impact of more than $87,500 across DFW.

From schools to animal shelters, more than 69 local agencies were positively impacted by the college's service-learning activities this past spring. Included in the efforts were 29 employees and 236 students who together served a combined total of 3,955 hours, up more than 700 hours from the previous spring semester. The students involved represented 50 participating service-learning classes.

The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement also played host to several programs and events this past semester.

At the annual MLK Day of Service, 97 volunteers from Brookhaven, North Lake and Richland colleges completed timed challenges for seven community partners. The office also celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Month by organizing smile-worthy benefits for students such as hugs with the Brookhaven Bear and free shoe shining, and helping the community with a school-supply drive and food donations to a local food pantry.

The department's original programs were also a big hit. Take 10, a new program that encourages at least three 10-minute cardio sessions per day, was adopted by 97 Early College High School students and 37 Brookhaven College students and employees. At Healthy Family Day, an extension of Take 10, eight nursing students developed a child obesity awareness program for the event's more than 130 participants. Through International Conversation Partners, 87 ESOL students benefitted from 285 hours of conversations with 28 student volunteers.

The service-learning department itself was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and Andrew Deibert, service-learning and civic engagement coordinator, presented "Using Service-Learning to Expand the Impact of the Classroom" at the district's annual Development Day.

Thanks to Andrew and all our spring 2013 service-learning participants!