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Service Learning

Spread the Word to End the Word

Spread the Word to End the Word is a national campaign that asks people to take a pledge to stop using the R-word (Retard). The Citadel's Service Learning Team partnered with  College of Charleston's Best Buddies for a  joint  campaign held on both campuses. Members of the Service Learning team, cadets, and some of our friends from the Charleston community spent the day encouraging people to taket the pledge. Pledge cards were available for students, faculty, and staff to sign their names to be displayed on the official boards. Over 600 members of The Citadel and College of Charleston community took the pledge.


Valentine's Buddy Dance

For nearly 20 years, The Citadel has collaborated with advocacy groups and ageniecs who serve adults with disabilities to sponsor the Halloween and Valentine's Buddy Dances. February 10th marked the annual Valentine's Buddy Dance at The Citadel. Over 100 cadets hosted more than 200 community guest with disabilities. Leadership, collaboration, and sponsorship were provided by The Krause Center, HESS department, The Disability Board of Charleston, College of Charleston Best Buddies, and Booz Allen Hamilton. Cadets who come to serve and support others find that they themselves learn a lot from our guests. Many of them are cured of their fear of dancing or being exposed to the inspirational enthusiasm of our diverse visitors. The volunteers for this dance rate this among their favorite and most educational service opportunities.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service College Collaboration


Students from The Citadel, Charleston Southern Universtiy, College of Charleston, and University of South Carolina Beaufort join forces for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. After an introduction from Dr. Houghton and a tour of Charleston Development Academy, 27 volunteers were busy cleaning up around the school and clearing the backyard for a school garden. 17 volunteers spent the morning at Pet Helpers Adoption Center. The volunteers were put to work cleaning pet supplies and organizing. The reorganizing inside the shelter will allow more space to house and care for the animals. 7 volunteers spent the morning volunteering with Sea Island Habitat for Humanity. The volunteers were able to dig three foundations in the Laurel Oak Neighohood. 31 volunteers spent the afternoon at The Ronald McDonald House. The RMH needed help organizing supplies to better assist families staying in the house.

 

 

 SUCCEED as Leadersgadsden green buddies

As part of the Citadel's initiative to promote college-wide participation in service learning and civic engagement, the Krause Center afforded five Citadel studetns with an opportunity to serve the needs of diverse communities in the Charleston area through an intense summer fellowship program.  Aptly titled the Summer Undergraduate Community-based Civic Engagement Experience for Development as Leaders (SUCCEED as Leaders) for undergraduate students, and Service to Underserved Children: Civic Engagement Experience for Development as Leaders for graduate students, this program gave Citadel students across all student-standings the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through service.  The students designed and executed a number of different initiatives designed to improve resiliency and inspire strength and hope in the communities they served. READ MORE

 

 

“Team Citadel” supports DSAL Buddy Walk

 “Team Citadel“ brings young adults with and without disabilities together to serve at the annually Down Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry (DSAL) Buddy Walk. A major nation-wide educational and fundraising initiative, the Buddy Walk is now a ten-year tradition in Charleston, and Citadel cadets have been involved from the beginning.buddy walk pic

 This year our partnership with Healing Farms, a day program that enhances the independence and life skills of young adults with disabilities, enriched team experience for all. More than a dozen cadets joined the Healing Farms POD members and staff for “Team Citadel”. Scott Edelson, Citadel class of 2013, started his engagement with Healing Farms as a volunteer his senior year and now is part of the staff. Veteran student Ashley Entzminger discovered Healing Farms as part of her participation in the service learning Summer SUCCEED program and has continued to volunteer this fall through a Psychology internship. MESEP JJ Roucha signed up for Team Citadel as an experiential component of his developmental psychology class. Caleb Fair, Citadel class of 2012, jumped in as part of his Graduate Assistant role in The Krause Center’s Service learning program.

 A two hour training together helped this diverse team learn about each others’ strengths and needs and organize for team efforts in support of set-up, parking, refreshments, jump castle supervision, and hospitality for the carnival-scale event on Sunday, October 6th.  The collaborators in “Team Citadel” were among the first to arrive and the last to leave; they arguably had more fun than anyone there!

 

 

 

Leadership Day at Charleston Development Academy

Who knew that learning outside the classroom could be so much fun? When sophomore cadets signed up for Krause Center Service teams on Leadership Day they did so not knowing whether they would be painting, building, or working directly with community members who have needs. The 14 cadets assigned to Charleston Development Academy (CDA) got to learn by serving pre-K through 8th grade students right down the street who are on fire about learning and doing something great with their futures. LtGen John Rosa, President of The Citadel, set the tone for the day when he came by to read with Ms. Minnie’'s first grade class as part of the “Real Men Read” initiative at CDA. Cadets followed suit, reading throughout the day with Pre-K through third grade students. Veteran student Ashley Entzminger led cadets in a curriculum geared toward older students at the public charter school, teaching them about the branches of the military and encouraging them to support veterans with cards and letters of support. Citadel students collaborate year round with CDA, offering cadet-led programs based in positive psychological principles (Smart Strengths) and literacy (Young Authors). In addition both graduate and undergraduate students volunteer and do work study hours in CDA’s inspirational program. To volunteer at CDA or any of the other great programs we partner with, contact Americorps-VISTA Tyler Woolum ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

 

Community Partners and Citadel staff pitch in to enrich reflection process

 As sophomore cadets learn when they are oriented to their required LDRS211 Service learning lab,reflection pic the LEARNING of service learning is enhanced when we pause to reflect on who we have served and what we learned about ourselves and others in the process. The reflection component of Leadership Day, when most sophomores served either as SHARE team leaders or Krause Service Team participants, was enhanced this year thanks to volunteer reflection group facilitators from on and off campus. Experienced volunteer coordinators from partner agencies such as Crisis Ministries and Trident United way as well as SC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA leaders from Winthrop and CSU, joined forces with our own Career Center and Krause center staff, grad students, and former AmeriCorps-VISTA members to debrief the 400+ sophomore cadets returning from their service.  One of the most fruitful discussion prompts for the facilitated groups of 6-10 cadets referenced the challenge issued the night before by Medal of Honor Recipient SFC Leroy Petry: (How did you) go out today and “do something to better yourself and better the life of others”.