FSC Named to President's Honor Roll for Service for Third Consecutive Year
FSC has an ongoing relationship with the Farmworkers Ministry group that serves migrant workers in Polk County. During the recent Week of Impact, students sorted donated clothes and helped stock the food pantry at the Farmworkers Ministry offices.
LAKELAND, Fla. (Feb. 25, 2010) -- Florida Southern College was named by the Corporation for National and Community Service to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the third consecutive year for exemplary service to the community. The award recognizes the college's leadership in helping to build a culture of service and civic engagement on campus.
Dr. Anne Kerr, FSC president, said: "We are very proud of this recognition of the Colleges tradition of service learning and commitment to helping prepare students to make a positive, consequential impact on society."
Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on selection factors such as the scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and academic service-learning courses.
FSC students engage in more than 12,000 service hours during the year. Recently, FSC students helped children at Lighthouse Ministries and the Salvation Army decorate their newly donated TOMS shoes. Last year, FSC students on a study abroad trip taught impoverished students in Honduras, and School of Education students donated and helped deliver Christmas gifts for children served by the Farmworkers Ministry. In addition, an English class created an electronic archive system for Temple Emanuel in Lakeland.
The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the corporation, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.