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Federal Government Recognizes Silver Lake College for Community Service

Posted on May 23 2011

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Silver Lake College has been named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

For Immediate Release

MANITOWOC —Silver Lake College has been named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the highest federal recognition a college can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

Announced May 13th by The Corporation for National and Community Service as part of its Learn and Serve America program, the honor represents more than 700 student hours of community service during the 2009-10 academic year.

As part of its commitment, Silver Lake College offers courses that integrate community service with academic content. It funds annual scholarships that recognize a history of service among incoming freshmen and transfer students. The college also employs three staff members whose responsibilities include planning and implementing community service and service-learning activities, including the following examples.

  • In 2005, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina inspired the College to begin an alternative spring break focused on community service. Participants have spent time on Mississippi’s coast, helping where needed. This past spring, 10 students and four staff members spent three days in Chicago, ministering to the homeless under the auspices of the Brother David Darst Center for Justice and Peace.
  • Closer to Manitowoc, the College collaborates with area schools, including Jefferson Elementary, Manitowoc, and Koenig Elementary, Two Rivers, by sending college students to work as tutors as part of the America Reads/America Counts program, which President Clinton started in 1996.
  • The college also focuses on workforce development through its participation in Manitowoc County Partners in Education. Representatives from business, higher education and local school districts collaborate to offer annual programs for middle school and high school students, as well as adult learners.

These projects, and other initiatives, put into practice college goals that require students to understand and practice servant leadership, and participate in and organize service projects by the time they graduate.

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