Service Learning BY: Kourtnee Williams
Service Learning • Service-learning is a credit-bearing, educational experience in which students: • 1) participate in an organized service activity that meets identified on- and off-campus community needs • 2) reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility http://www2.byui.edu/ServiceLearning/subpages/fgdefinition.htm
Service Learning Benefits • Student learning is enhanced by joining theory with experience, and thought with action. • Community needs are met through direct service that is meaningful and relevant. • Students help others, give of themselves and enter into caring relationships. • Students see the relevance of their academic studies to the real world. • The civic and citizenship skills of the students are enhanced. • Students are better prepared for their careers and continued education. http://www2.byui.edu/ServiceLearning/subpages/fgdefinition.htm
Tennis Fundraiser • Volunteered to assist the tennis team in helping sell tennis t-shirts to people who wanted to purchase • I even purchased a t-shirt to support my fellow classmates and the VSU tennis squad
VSU Blazin’ Through Books • I, along with several other teammates we spent countless hours reading to small kids. • We even volunteered to become pen pals with one kid from a local school.
South GA Classic Golf Tournament • Before this tournament I had never known golf to be such an interesting and hardworking sport. • Walking 18 holes carrying the scoreboard in 95 degree heat was hard work. • Very proud to say that I was one of the many volunteers that represented VSU at this prestigious event with some of the best golfers around. • I even got a few mementos from some very talented pro golfers
What I Learned • Service learning/community service has opened my eyes to a whole new world. • It taught me that giving back to those who look at you as if you are a superstar is the best thing in this world that I can do. • Volunteering your time to others goes a long way, it not only makes you a better person, but it also brings the community together. • I learned that being active in the community can bring prosperity and I can make a difference with one little act.