2015 MLK Challenge

The 11th Annual MLK Challenge will take place on January 19, 2015. This event celebrates the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The day incorporates an educational kick-off, service projects, and a reflection

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

wrap-up. We will begin with an introduction to King’s life and lessons, students are then randomly assigned to groups and given a service project at a local organization to complete. Students must work together and utilize problem-solving skills in order to finish their task.

At the end of the day, we will reassemble to reflect on their accomplishments in a guided discussion. This helps students process all that happened during the day. This event is free and open to the CPCC community only. We will provide transportation, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Participants are asked to dress for anything.
Registration begins 8 a.m. the day of the event in the Student Commons area of the Overcash Building.
WHEN: January 19, 2015; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
To sign up for this event or to learn more please contact Dena Shonts at dena.shonts@cpcc.edu  or 704.330.6558, or Jenn Marts at jenn.marts@cpcc.edu  or 704.330.6824.

Service Helps Learning Says 2013 Educator/Service Award Winner

CPCC Today - Krystal Crowe Interview

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Krystal Crowe, Student Life program coordinator at CPCC, and this year’s Larry M. Harding Educator/Community Service Award winner, sees giving back as more than just a nine to five. In addition to her work getting students involved with service opportunities through the community college, she also finds time to volunteer with her church outreach group. “I’m a strong believer in what Gandhi said –  ‘the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’” she says.

Service isn’t just good for your spirit — it can help with your grades. A 2001 collection of studies from the Corporation for National and Community Service cites the benefits of service based learning on academic achievement, graduation rates, and universities and larger communities. Crowe agrees, “Service learning allows students to connect what they are learning in the classroom with what occurs in their community.”

In her three and half years with CPCC, Crowe has helped develop many ways students can learn through giving back. She says students who want to get involved should connect to CPCC’s Service Learning Center which offers projects throughout the semester as well as courses with a service component.

“I am a servant leader by nature” says Crowe. Recently, she also helped restructure the “IGN1TE” program, which teaches students leadership skills through a semester long, non-credit program.

 

Article and interview by Mason Rhodes, adjunct faculty at CPCC.
Video production services by CPCC Digital Media Services.