Camp teaches students how to serve others
March 23, 2010

For three weeks this summer, rising fifth- through eighth-graders at LaGrange College’s Learn-2-Serve Academic Camp will learn about the destructive powers of nature.

“We will be looking at the earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the 2004 tsunami in Thailand,” said Dr. Alan Crowe, assistant professor of education. “Then we’ll study the skills needed to help victims of disasters, things such as construction, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.”

From June 14-July 2, students also will learn about the Red Cross and how it responds to large events, like a hurricane, or smaller things, like a house fire.

The Learn-2-Serve camp was founded three years ago as a way to connect education students in the graduate teaching program with children, as well as a way to serve the community, Crowe said.

“We have enhanced it to impact the community and to establish connections with children who will eventually be our students. Service learning is a big part of our mission.

“Service Learning is a form of education where students learn what is needed to fix a pressing community problem and then actually implement their innovative solutions,” he said.

The camp will offer a blend of academic studies, physical education and service opportunities.

“Learning to serve is an active and fun process that makes a difference in the life of our community through collaborative hands-on group projects led by master teachers and graduate counselors,” he said.

During its first year, camp participants looked at water issues.

“We were in the middle of a drought,” Crowe said. “We asked our students to come up with ideas on how to solve the water war that has broken out among Georgia, Alabama and Florida.”

Last year, they focused on the economy.

“We learned about banks and took a lot of field trips,” he said. “We also visited the humane society because animals also are affected by a bad economy when their owners can no longer afford to take care of them.”

The camp will run from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Lunch and snacks will be served. Cost is $250 and enrollment is limited to 60. Sessions will meet at the college’s Turner Hall.

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