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Federal Government Recognizes SLC for Community Service
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family has been named to the 2012 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 March 12th by The Corporation for National and Community Service, as part of its Learn and Serve America program, the honor represents 2,750 hours of community service performed by students during the 2010-11 academic year, including the following projects.
- Look Ahead Lakers is a college access and mentoring program that focuses on at-risk fifth graders and follows them through twelfth grade. The goal is to help them understand that higher education can be part of their future if they stay in school and work toward their dreams.
- In 2005, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina inspired Silver Lake College to begin an alternative spring break focused on community service. For several years, College students, faculty, and staff spent time on Mississippi’s coast, helping residents clean up and rebuild. In 2008, the College began sending annual contingents to Chicago, where they ministered to the homeless under the auspices of the Brother David Darst Center for Justice and Peace.
- 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.
Silver Lake College also 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. And it employs three staff members whose responsibilities include planning and implementing community service and service-learning activities. By the time they graduate, Silver Lake College students are required to understand servant leadership and participate in service projects.
Silver Lake College was among 766 applicants for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.