Originally posted on GRCC Today:
Come celebrate your colleagues who have integrated innovative teaching and learning practices while making meaningful contributions to our community this winter through service learning. This program and awards presentation will feature interviews and powerful video of the work of each team, and a (huge) check presentation.
Date & Location:
Friday, April 25th from 3:00-5:00pm at the Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University Woodbridge N. Ferris Building located at 17 Pearl St. NW, Room 217.
Please RSVP at http://www.grcc.edu/armenawards
Come to celebrate the work (Our Finalists)
- Hope Hagan and her Business & Technical Writing course is partnering with the Covenant House.
- Aleta Anderson and her Introductory German course is partnering with Palmer Elementary School.
- Sarah Krajewski and her Biology for Educators course is partnering with Immaculate Heart of Mary School.
- Dr. Sherry Knoppers and her Community Transcultural Nursing course is partnering with South End Community Outreach…
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On Tuesday, February 25, the Computer Support Technician Job Training Program completed phase 1 of a Service Learning project for the American Legion Post 459, located at 658 Michigan St. NE. The program is responsible for setting up multiple PCs for specific purposes at the Post, along with creating network cables to attach to network devices, including Network Attached Storage (NAS).
Students learned from Post 459 what was needed to upgraded their network and hardware equipment. As an in-class project, students formed into sub-teams to outline the ideal equipment based on the Post’s budget and use of the new equipment, then the students discussed which teams’ solutions would provide the best outcome. Based on the results, the students submitted their proposal to Post 459, who then approved the list of materials and ordered the equipment.
Students built and configured the NAS to hold over 45,000 songs used by the Post’s karaoke system, along with other data. Within the NAS, the students installed four 3 terabyte hard drives and configured them in a hybrid RAID array (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) to ensure their data will be intact even if one hard drive fails. They also created over 30 different user accounts in five different user groups to appropriately assign the correct rights and permissions for various users at the Post to ensure accessibility and security.
Professor Karen Niemchick and six BI 151 students participated in this project.
Professor Niemchick said:
“The project we did involved the development, planning, and implementing of a biology laboratory experiment. High school learners from an online school were given the opportunity to experience a college setting while learning about DNA, and to isolate their own. It included a crime scene problem, and DNA extraction. GRCC students led the learners with knowledge, understanding, and leadership skills. The learners gained an appreciation for molecular biology, real laboratory equipment, and a better understanding of DNA. It also introduced the high school students to GRCC and what it has to offer.
Additionally, parents were present and allowed to conduct the experiment, as well. They enjoyed it immensely. Post experiment surveys were given, and parent and students both expressed appreciation, and indicated an increase in topic knowledge. The GRCC students taught well, were professional and well-informed.”
In addition to opportunities listed in the link, Grand Rapids Public School COIT Elementary in Need of Athletic Coaches. Contact Barbara Reeb at 616-334-8795. (K-5 Athletic Offerings include Cross Country, Soccer, Swimming, Basketball and Track)
Thanks Melanie Schiele-Gady for sharing these great ideas!
1. United Way Opportunities
United Way Alternative Spring Break
About Alternative Spring Break
For more than seven years, United Way has provided students with an opportunity to give back during their spring break. Through this unique collaboration between United Way and Deloitte, nearly 2,500 students have traded in their swim suits for tool belts and participated in Alternative Spring Break in dozens of communities across the country, contributing more than 77,000 hours of volunteer service. In 2011 alone, nearly 500 students provided 13,500 hours of service valued at more than $288,300.
For more than seven years, United Way has provided students with an opportunity to give back during their spring break. Through unique collaborations between United Way and partners like Deloitte, MTV and Participant Media, hundreds of students were able to volunteer through life-changing United Way Alternative Spring Breaks in 2013. Since its inception, over 2,500 students have traded in their swim suits for tool belts and participated in Alternative Spring Break in dozens of communities across the country, contributing more than 77,000 hours of volunteer service.
All participant fees cover food, lodging, the service project and on the ground transportation once you arrive. Participants will be responsible for travel from home to their Alternative Spring Break and vice versa. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for Alternative Spring Break
“This has been a life-changing experience!” Arianna, 2013 United Way ASB: Biloxi Participant.
Entering its seventh year, ASB continues in Biloxi, Mississippi hosted by United Way of South Mississippi. While helping this community recover from the devastating storms in the Gulf is still an important priority, more recent events including the economic downturn have exposed important community needs in education, income and health that must be addressed. This Gulf Coast ASB experience received a 95% satisfaction rating from participants in 2013. Registration Opens in October 2013.
Participation Fee: $250
“We did not give up our spring break, we took advantage of it.” Tom, 2011 United Way ASB: Northern New Jersey Participant
United Way in Northern New Jersey strives to help “ALICE” families, as well as those struggling to survive poverty. “ALICE” is Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed — those families who get up every morning to go to work, yet still aren’t able to ensure that they’ll be able to put food on the table each night. They struggle to afford food, shelter, heat, child care and the other essentials to raise a family. All too often, they are one crisis from instability. Volunteers will work with kids from ALICE families in a variety of youth development settings — Boys & Girls Clubs, after-school programs and childcare centers. Housed at the Boys & Girls Club, volunteers live, eat and serve together throughout the week, infusing an array of new activities into youth development programs. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to help communities affected by Hurricane Sandy rebuild and recover from the storm.
Participant Fee: $350
Volunteers will spend the week rebuilding homes that were damaged more than a year ago during Hurricane Sandy. No construction skills or experience is required (but it is certainly welcomed!). Each ASB team will be led by a ReBuild NJ Site Leader who will show them how to perform the necessary rebuilding. Service could include gutting a home, installing subflooring, hanging drywall, painting or landscaping. ReBuild NJ volunteer teams make returning home affordable for families displaced by Hurricane Sandy.
Participant Fee: $350
Too many children in the nation’s capital fail to thrive. Every year, thousands of children start school without the basic building blocks to learn. Those already in school often fall behind and, in too many instances, stay behind. United Way ASB will infuse caring adults and educational programming into early childhood centers and after-school programs to give kids some of the extra help and enhancement they deserve. We’ll also explore some of the underlying issues and the role played by public policy in preparing children to succeed. With a day dedicated to understanding the policy arena, including visits to Capitol Hill, this Spring break promises to be like none other.
Participant Fee: $350
United Way of Williamson County is hosting the first United Way ASB in Tennessee. Volunteers have long served as an essential and critical resource for Barefoot Republic Camp which has served thousands of students over the past 14 years. Volunteers and enabled Barefoot to maintain and improve facilities and programs for our campers. Typically projects center around 3 areas: landscaping, painting and/or construction. Beyond facility improvements, volunteers will work with children, many from low-income households. Registration Opens in October 2013.
Participant Fee: $300
It is a disturbing fact that families are among the fastest growing homeless groups. In central Maryland, the cost of housing is unaffordable for many. A person earning minimum wage would have to work 3.3 full-time jobs to afford fair-market rent on a two-bedroom apartment here. A startling 29 percent of adults in homeless families are employed. And the number of homeless students in Maryland has more than doubled in the past five years. Volunteers will work to help at-risk families stretch the resources they have, help to improve housing options beyond emergency shelters, and increase access to the building blocks families need to survive.
Participant Fee: $350
El Paso, with its friendly, welcoming people, is ranked as the safest city in the United States, yet also is home to some of the poorest ZIP codes in the country where 25 percent of the country’s population of 800,000 people lives below the federal poverty level. Many are in living in sub-standard housing conditions. College students locally and across the country are invited by the United Way of El Paso County to roll up their sleeves and participate in creating meaningful change in the lives of deserving families during the fourth United Way ASB: El Paso. During the Alternative Spring Break program, participants will work with the Lower Valley housing corporation to help build homes for low-income El Paso families.
Participant Fee: $250
Enjoy sunny, 75-degree weather in the third year of Tucson’s Alternative Spring Break. College students locally and across the country are invited to roll up their sleeves with United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Participants will “dig in” to help lower utility bills and beautify neighborhoods by planting trees as part of our Mayor’s “10,000 Trees Campaign.” Later each day, we’ll work with youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Tucson in their after school programs, where we’ll help them learn more about taking care of the environment, working on sports, games and art projects, helping with homework, and providing positive role models.
Participant Fee: $325
In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them. West Contra Costa Salesian Boys & Girls Club does that and more. Alternative Spring Break volunteers will work with kids at the Boys and Girls Club in a variety of after school activities including recreation and sports, leadership and development, arts and crafts, and computer literacy training – to name a few.
Participant Fee: $350
Join United Way’s Alternative Spring Break mailing list to stay informed year-round.
2. Volunteer Match: check out the website volunteermatch.org and see how you can connect with the Michigan area and make a difference in our community
3. Kids Food Basket: Help prepare sack dinners for over 6,000 children in the Grand Rapids and Muskegon areas. You can donate food, color sack bags and prepare the food. Visit the Kids Food Basket Web site for more details.