Service Learning and Volunteerism

Volunteer Spotlight
Miguel

Miguel

Miguel has a very warm and outgoing personality. He always came to work with an attitude of personal interest and care for all the volunteers and customers. Miguel tends to have a smile on his face every time he greets you. He would remember things in conversation and ask about situations when he next saw you. EVERYONE enjoyed having Miguel at the Pink Door. He also showed a kindness that is very rare in a young man his age. Miguel is a very special person. We were so fortunate to have him volunteer at the Pink Door.

Miguel was 100% dependable and trustworthy. He has a very good presence and always came to work respectably dressed. He speaks well in both English and Spanish and can understand Greek. I was very impressed with the stories he would tell about his family. They were always full of warmth. You could tell that Miguel really cares about the people in his life.

Janet Byrnes
Pink Door Thrift Shop

Service learning is a teaching method that combines community service with academic advancement. Students learn about civic responsibility while participating in organized community service activities that respond to local needs.

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I had hoped going into the volunteer program to be able to learn new things that I could incorporate in my classroom and I did, I learned patience, I learned understanding, and I learned a higher form of caring for all children.

EDU253, Children with Exceptionalities

If it was not for this assignment, I would never have taken the step forward to give it a try.

EDU253, Children with Exceptionalities

By taking the final you test your knowledge on what you learned from class but, with the MCC Buddies program, I learned what exactly it is like to become a friend to someone who has an exceptionality.

EDU253, Children with Exceptionalities

The service learning option should not be optional. Students have much more to gain from the hands on experience than taking a final exam.

EDU253, Children with Exceptionalities

A person can learn a lot from classroom discussions and reading textbooks, but it is when that person is actively involved in what he or she is learning when it makes the biggest difference of all.

EDU253, Children with Exceptionalities

I received the experience of what it is like to be a teacher in a special education classroom and how much hard work it takes to keep the children focused. I personally needed this interaction because it was unfamiliar territory to me.

EDU253, Children with Exceptionalities

I would definitely recommend that future students choose to do some kind of service learning because it was an amazing experience. You are exposed to new things, new people, and have so much fun doing it.

EDU253, Children with Exceptionalities