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Clemson Collaborations in Service-Learning Archived Webcast

Builders for Tomorrow: Fighting Childhood Obesity and Improving High School Graduation Rates through a Learn and Serve Program

Colleton County is a small rural county in South Carolina. In 2010, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)  reported an obesity rate of 35.5 % in the county. SC Kids Count data from their 2009 report also ranked Colleton County 45th out of 46 counties in the number of high school dropouts.
Seeing this need, Clemson Cooperative Extension Service in Colleton County, SC has partnered with the Colleton County School District and Eat Smart Move More Colleton County on a Learn & Serve South Carolina Grant. The program is engaging middle school students to fight childhood obesity by promoting healthier lifestyles and exercise. The program also seeks to improve high school graduation rates.  Join us for a discussion on how students, community partners, and service learning are promoting academic achievement and youth development in areas such as leadership, team building, job readiness skills, and civic engagement.

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Alta Mae Marvin Tammy Malone Tiffany
Alta Mae Marvin Tammy Malone Tiffany Stivender


Alta Mae Marvin joined Colleton County’s Clemson Extension office in 2000. In 2004 she became associated with Clemson’s Institute on Economic and Community Development. As a CD Agent, Alta Mae works on strengthening communities by addressing workforce readiness needs, assisting local farmers with developing agri-business/agri-tourism opportunities, working with the local FCL (Family and Community Leaders) Clubs, and offering leadership training and assistance to local non-profit organizations. Builders of Tomorrow Service Learning Programs were designed to address the workforce readiness needs of Colleton and surrounding counties through service learning, leadership and civic engagement. Builders of Tomorrow was first introduced in the middle schools in 2004 as a resource for the schools. Programs are taught during school so that any student who would benefit from participation has the opportunity. Alta Mae is a 1973 graduate of the University of South Carolina. She has over 8 years of experience working with service-learning programs and has conducted state and regional workshops on service-learning.

Tammy Malone completed her Bachelor of Science at Bridgewater State University in May 1986. After graduation she began teaching physical education and health to students at the elementary level. After several years of teaching, she went back to school for her school administration degree at Charleston Southern University. She is now teaching middle school students physical education and health. She is the lead teacher for Clemson University’s Builders of Tomorrow Learn and Serve project at Colleton County Middle School. This is her second year working with Clemson and Learn and Serve South Carolina.

Tiffany Stivender graduated from the College of Charleston in 2004 with B.S. degree in elementary education and a minor in English. She is currently working on her Masters in Educational Administration. She began teaching in January of 2005 at the middle level and has worked in Colleton County at the alternative school, Colleton Middle, and now Colleton County Middle School. She taught English Language Arts for 3 years and has been teaching S.C. History for the last 4 years. She is also Nationally Board Certified in Adolescent Social Studies. She has served as a Relay For Life team captain for the last 4 years and got involved with Clemson’s Learn & Serve Program last year. She enjoys running, painting, and spending time with her two children.

Clemson Collaborations in Service-Learning Webcast

Clemson University Collaborations in Service-Learning is sponsored by the Clemson Service Alliance. The Service Alliance promotes the use of community service and service-learning by Clemson faculty in classes with both undergraduate and graduate students in all major disciplinary areas. The Collaborations radio webcasts are an opportunity to hear from some of our Clemson Service Alliance Faculty Fellows, their students, and their community partners about  service-learning projects around the state of S.C., and to learn about the impact of these service-learning projects on the community and on student learning outcomes.  In 2011- 2012, we will be focusing on service –learning classes in five different disciplinary areas: Planning and Landscape Architecture, English, Languages, Teacher Education, and Nursing. Thank you for participating, and we hope that service-learning practitioners in both K-12 and higher education will find these workshops very helpful in the course development, implementation, and evaluation process.
This program comes to you as a public service of Clemson University. There is no fee, and no registration is required. You may listen to the program and view the supplementary materials using only your computer. You will need to call in if you wish to speak on the live program.