By Andrew Deibert, Office of Student Life
Display boards lined long tables in the Building S Lobby on Nov. 19 as students participated in the Civic Engagement Showcase. Twenty-seven entries represented the service-learning projects fifty-four students participated in during the fall 2013 semester. The Civic Engagement Showcase is a juried reflection exercise put on by the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement that allows participants to highlight ways they were able to use their time, resources and influence to address community needs and areas of concern. Participants are asked to include information about their community partner, personal growth they experienced, ties to their academic studies, impact on the community and any challenges and rewards. The winners for fall 2013 are:
“Most Creative” – Harvey’s Kids
Brittani Cole and Kim Larry
“Most Innovative” – Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS
“People’s Choice” – Nice Cans
“Best Overall” – Acrostic Poetry
Daniel B. Hall
All winners received a certificate and a service-learning medal they can wear at graduation. After working at the Healing Hands Ministry, a clinic that provides health care for the working poor in Dallas, one of the students wrote the following poem in reflection of her time volunteering:
When jobs are scarce and funds are tight
Getting through each day seems like a fight.
Your cry for help, your silent voice.
Ignoring your health might be your choice.
You’re a parent who has to choose between buying
Food and jackets or a Dr. visit for your baby crying.
It’s not as though the working poor aren’t trying.
Healing Hands brings hope to those who see no end in sight
There is help for them and a future that is bright.
-Brandy Lee Meierhofer