November 24, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Leadership Project in MACU Education Class
Involves Community and Helps Local School
Elizabeth City, NC – November 12, 2104 – On Wednesday, November 12, students in Dr. Cheryl
Luton’s Foundations of Education class at Mid-Atlantic Christian University delivered a check to the librarian at Sheep Harney Elementary School to purchase some new books for the students. Early in the semester, MACU Elementary Education majors in Luton’s class were assigned a leadership project. Students were responsible for planning a project that would be beneficial to community members. Since several of the students volunteer weekly at Sheep Harney Elementary School under the direction of Athletic Director, Neal Alligood, they were aware of the need for additional library books for the school’s library. The students decided to have a movie event on campus, and on October 17, they provided a free movie for neighborhood families and MACU students. While there was no charge for the movie, students sold refreshments to raise money for the library.
While the money raised from this event was only $200, the lessons these education majors learned while doing this leadership project were significant. When asked to reflect upon this experience, freshman, Kate Vere said, “I think all future educators should experience this as it is a small glimpse into what will be required of us in order for us to be successful educators.” Sophomore, Elizabeth Bartlett, who participated in a similar project last year, said, “Having these experiences early is important because it will make us better teachers when we enter the field.”
Dr. Luton agreed with her students’ assessments: “We hope to have a number of events like this in the future,” Luton said. “In an economy of tight education budgets, it gives our teachers-in-training an opportunity to creatively approach a real-world problem. It also shows the community that our students care. I’m proud of them.”
Included in Photo (left to right): Alex Wang, Paige Morse, Kate Vere, Lea Chapman, Olivia Wilgus, Jennifer Kresicki, Librarian, Katina Jones-Waples, Principal, Kelsea Fallon, Cheryl Luton, Director of Teacher Education, Shanikque Mercer, Thais da costa Uejo, and Azree Jones
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