Service-learning projects benefit communities and students
By Kathy Woodard
Community organizations and South Carolina citizens benefit from Clemson’s Service Alliance Citizens and Scholars mini-grant program. One project, “Citizens and Scholars,” engages Clemson students in collaborative community-based activities that integrate teaching, research and public service.
Elementary school children will receive help learning to read in the “Buddy Readers Project,” which involves Clemson faculty and students at Clemson’s Child Development Center, Littlejohn Community Center, and Kellett Elementary School in Seneca. Elderly citizens will benefit from patient care improvement studies through the “Safe and Effective Care: Emphasis on the Chronically Ill Elderly Population” project. This project matches nursing administration graduate students and faculty with community health care experts in Anderson and Greenville Counties.
Older adults who receive rehabilitation services following a traumatic event or chronic illness will be served through another project, which involves an interdisciplinary team of Clemson students and faculty who will conduct research on physical functioning ability and involvement in life activities. Limited resource citizens along the South Carolina coast will receive help in developing a local food marketing system through the project, “Entrepreneurship and Marketing Locally Grown Foods”. This project will match a team of Clemson students, Cornell University students, and faculty from Applied Economics and Statistics with retail food executives, farmers, and officials from the Lowcountry Food Bank for a field study in entrepreneurship, marketing, and community development.