For Immediate Release
DALLAS – Brookhaven College has been selected as one of only eight institutions in the nation to receive a prestigious grant that will promote service-learning and community engagement at the college.
The funds, which equal $14,000 each year for the next three years, will allow the college to focus on No Child Left Inside H.R.2054 - No Child Left Inside Act of 2009, a national coalition promoting environmental education, conservation, outdoor recreation, public health and a green economy. No Child Left Inside Day, Oct. 13, 2009, is one of the newest additions to the American Geological Institute's Earth Science Week.
The No Child Left Inside Act seeks to enhance the environmental literacy of American students, from kindergarten to 12th grade, to foster understanding, analysis, and solutions to the major environmental challenges facing the student’s state and the Nation as a whole. Appropriations would be provided to train teachers for such instruction, provide innovative technology, and to develop studies assessing the worth of these programs in elementary and secondary school curriculums. While mainly addressing environmentalism, this legislation also seeks to touch on healthy living programs encouraging outdoor recreation and sound nutrition.
Brookhaven College will focus most of its efforts toward public health and childhood obesity issues, said Keshia Bruno-Garza, student services specialist and project associate for the program. Bruno-Garza coordinates the majority of the college’s current service-learning projects.
The college will collaborate with staff of the Brookhaven College Head Start Center and the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Early College High School at Brookhaven College as well as members of the college's Health and Human Services Division in the Child Development Department.
Students enrolled in nutrition and early-childhood education classes at Brookhaven College will learn to provide age-appropriate nutritional support, childhood obesity awareness, exercise regiment design, and overall healthy living to staff and children participating in Brookhaven College Head Start or the early college high school, said Bruno-Garza.
“The main idea is that Brookhaven students will take what they are learning in class and apply it to helping community families by providing healthy living tips, healthy grocery-shopping, healthy cooking, and overall healthy living advice,” Bruno-Garza said. “We also plan to incorporate distance education students by implementing an online healthy snack/meal service-learning project in which Brookhaven students will create recipes to be used with Head Start and Early College High School students.”
The grant is part of a $1.1 million initiative, “Community Colleges Broadening Horizons through Service Learning,” sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges with funding from the Learn and Serve America program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Oscar Lopez, vice president for student services and enrollment management, is serving as the project director.
For more information about Brookhaven College's service-learning work, please refer to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, http://www.brookhavencollege.edu/news/2009/2041.aspx.
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