Students, Professors and Community members share their Service Learning Experiences.
I am so blessed to be a part of service learning. There is nothing more special than being a part of growth. Whether it be the growth of a child, a garden or a webpage, it's beautiful.
- Kristen Brooking (PVCC Student)
Community Service is like eating your veggies; at first you spend too much time coming up with excuses, but eventually you realize its different in a Good way. To me, it looks like humanity is starting to enjoy the free trips to the salad bar.
- Jon Harker (PVCC Student)
When we discuss issues such as economic and racial reconciliation in the classroom, I have a tendency to distrust optimistic words. But out on the worksites of Habitat, I have found a solid reality of cooperation and goodwill that is gradually discouraging my cynicism.
I participate in Service Learning at an after school program at Sutherland Middle School every Tuesday and Thursday. Through working with these kids and teachers, I've realized that I want to have an instrumental part in the lives of teens. Service Learning has broadened my horizons and truly taught me more about other people in my community.
- Maggie Castro (PVCC Student)
It is a very humbling and uplifting experience. Just think about it. I have an opportunity to positively influence 15 to 20 future adults. Helping those kids to learn to read better is and always will be the highlight of my life
- Tim J.S. Heise (PVCC Student)
Why do I still participate in service? Not because I want to, but because as a member of a community I need to.
There is an old story about an ancient Greek philosopher named Thales. According to this tale, Thales was looking to the stars as he walked about Athens, attempting to answer certain troubling philosophical questions. He became so engaged in thought that he didn't even notice the well he was approaching. Needless to say, Thales, one of the most brilliant of ancient Greek philosophers, fell into that well and became the butt of many Athenian jokes. His head was so lost in the clouds, some said, that he didn't even notice the world around him.
- J. Jeremy Wjsnewski (PVCC Student)
Anytime I'm able to give to others, it always takes the focus off of myself and I realize how truly blessed I am. Also, it is nice to give to the community which has given so much to me.
- Chip Case (PVCC Student)
Those of us who have seen the power of Service Learning are keenly aware of its ability to spill over in unforeseen ways.
- Amber Capron (Former PVCC Student)
There is no better way to learn about yourself, your community and humanity in general than to get involved in some form of volunteerism. Much more, to me it is a responsibility. It is a way to give back and show my gratitude for everything I have been given.
- Jack Hirsch (Former PVCC Student)