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ERIC Number: ED406905
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Pages: 15
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Taking Action in Rural Mississippi: Uniting Academic Studies and Community Service through Project D.R.E.A.M.S.
Oliver, Helen T.
This paper describes an innovative service learning program developed at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, a historically black college in a poor rural area. Project DREAMS (Developing Responsibility through Education, Affirmation, Mentoring, and Service) involves college student volunteers serving as tutors and mentors to elementary school students in two local school districts. In the inaugural year, the primary function of the program was to market and define service learning, to identify and provide technical assistance to faculty, and to assure academic integrity. The program then began to implement service learning across the curriculum and build service learning community partnerships. During the Spring 1997 semester 57 Rust College volunteers participated in service learning programs impacting upward of 500 K-4 students. Student volunteers are required to attend an initial orientation and training session, complete an application form, submit a letter of recommendation from a professor, sign a 20-hour service contract, keep a journal of service activities, complete assigned readings, write a reflective paper on the service experience, and make a classroom presentation on the experience. So far, 34 percent of the faculty have integrated a service learning component into their courses. (Contains 13 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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