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Posters show how service, for UAB students, is a way of life

Posted Feb 25 2011 6:25pm
While some college students’ thoughts are fixed on classes, credits and coffee (and rightfully so), there are others whose hearts beat for community service. They incorpate service as part of their learning in partnership with the UAB Office of Service Learning . Students take classes that allow them to combine academic and civic learning with relevant, meaningful service in the community. They get class credit to help non-profit organizations further their missions to serve the poor, educate those who need it and show kindness to the hurting.

Recently, the Office of Service Learning hosted its second annual poster competition that gave SL students the chance create a visual interpretation of their service-learning experience. The contest was judged by Renita Rigney, president of the UAB National Alumni Society ; Brandy Lee, vice president; and Deborah Voltz, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education .

Student Katherine Beaufait, who worked with the Better Basics literacy program, won first place and $300. She volunteers at Robinson Elementary School to help students with reading skills. “I absolutely love it,” she told the crowd about her experience. “It is the best day of my week.”

Better Basics executive director Karen Kapp was at the awards ceremony, too. “This partnership is amazing,” she said. “I cannot tell you what the students add to our program.”

Student Malachi Ray got an honorable mention for his poster that showed off his work with The Exceptional Foundation , a group that helps the mentally ill develop confidence through sports, games and activities. “The greatest thing I got was the relationships,” he said of his involvement in the program. “It’s like a second family.”

Here is a list of all the winners and their community partners
  • First Prize ($300): Katherine Beaufait with Better Basics

  • Second Prize ($200): Tarah Fron with SHAPE (Sexual Health Awareness through Peer Education) with UAB 1917 Clinic Service

  • Third Prize ($100): Katelyn Englert with YMCA Camp Shine

  • Honorable Mention: Malachi Ray with The Exceptional Foundation

  • Honorable Mention: Emily Austin with Special Equestrians
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