The letter of the editor, Abbie Tanyhill Darst ‘03, opens as follows: “Since Berea’s founding, service to the region upon whose foothills Berea is located, has been fundamental to the function of the College and a product of the education with which our students leave. John G. Fee’s vision to educate the impoverished of all races and genders could only be met after meeting the needs of the communities Berea intended to serve. is idea of service and community involvement became the foundation for Berea to grow into the service-minded institution it is today.”
One article profiles the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service, which “envisions an educational system that successfully combines community service with academic learning. Berea College students work with the community through CELTS in two ways: through volunteering, which is co-curricular,
and through academic service-learning, which is part of a course requirement. In addition, students hold labor positions coordinating CELTS community service and service-learning programming, thereby facilitating opportunities for other students to serve.”
“Ashley Cochrane, director of CELTS, Service Learning and the Bonner Scholars program, explains that all students involved with CELTS learn through their community-based service activities. Integral to that learning is reflection, through which students draw connections among their service activities, their academic studies and their personal development as leaders and engaged community members.”
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