Teachers and students
from Horry County Schools who took part in
the Service Learning initiative sponsored by Coastal Carolina
University's Center for Education and Community and the Community
Coalition of Horry County will share their progress and achievements at
a special ceremony, "A Celebration of Service Learning," Tuesday, May 2
from 5 to 7 p.m. in Coastal's Admissions Building, 003. The event is
free and open to the public.
Service Learning is a teaching method which links classroom
instruction with community service and real-life problem-solving,
according to Sandie Merriam, teacher-in-residence with the Center for
Education and Community at Coastal. During the 1999-2000 academic year,
approximately 50 teachers and 3,000 students from 27 public schools of
Horry County have been involved in a wide variety of service learning
projects, including performance arts and arts exhibits, fund-raising
projects for the Leukemia Society, tutoring programs, volunteer efforts
for the Grand Strand Humane Society and community beautification
The Celebration of Service Learning event will feature visual
displays and booths describing the various projects. Claudia
McCollough, chair of Coastal's Department of Philosophy and Religion,
will be the keynote speaker for the event.
"This first year of the service learning program has initiated
many meaningful projects which link the classroom and the community,
and we hope that, in the coming years, every student in Horry County
will be involved in service with a classroom connection," said Merriam.
For more information, call Coastal's Center of Education and
Community at 349-2672.