(Marietta, Ga. – July 29, 2016)
As students across metro-Atlanta prepare to head back to school, Chattahoochee Technical College’s faculty, staff and students rallied together to collect backpacks, snacks and other necessities needed to start the year off right. Sponsored by the college’s Center for Service Learning, the school supply drive benefited children of CTC students.
Through the efforts of those who gave supplies, the Center for Service Learning was able to fill nearly 50 backpacks with back-to-school essentials.
A wrap-up party for the school supply drive was held on the Marietta Campus, and during the event, theater appreciation instructor Willena Moye and her students created games and decorated the room to mimic a pool party theme. Attendees were able to go fishing, play a game of beach ball bowling, and even spell as many words as possible in one minute using letters captured from the sea.
“I require my theater appreciation classes to participate in service learning because I want to connect what they learn in textbooks and lectures to the real world. This semester’s backpack drive and indoor pool party gave my students a chance to experience the work of scene designers while volunteering for a worthy cause. Learning through doing helps their knowledge stick long after the class has finished,” Moye said.
CTC reading instructor Dr. Judy Cannon also asked her students to get involved in the event. The students graciously gave up their time to help sort the supplies in preparation for the indoor pool party. Speech instructors Shari Szalwinski and Shalanda Dixon as well as English instructor Sheri Easton-Long also provided helping hands during the event.
In addition to receiving school supplies, the children were also able to get haircuts from the barbering students.
“Chattahoochee Tech’s school drive came right on time. It seemed like I had less time this year to prepare since the kids go back to school Aug. 1. I am thankful that Chattahoochee Tech put the drive together and provided some much needed supplies,” said CTC student and parent of two Amorata Youngblood, who is enrolled in the Business Management program.
Chattahoochee Technical College’s Center for Service Learning supports efforts to include experiential instruction with service in the community in order for students to enhance their career and social skills. Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Some of the ongoing instructor projects include assisting organizations who help children, elderly and animals, as well as those that deal with health, crime prevention and the environment.