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Acting Director of Service-Learning
Office of Service-Learning
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
Fall Semester 2007
We have a lot going on the is Fall following a great autumn term and kicking off the semester with AIDS walk. Students both walked and helped break down the event. We go to Habitat for Humanity once a month. Seeing a house build, and being a part of it is a wonderful experience.
Our Service-Learning dorm, Gamma Knox went up to Orlando to do a day of service at the local Coalition for the Homeless in September. We did a hard day's work and then the day after had a lot of fun at Islands of Adventure.
Halloween was very busy, students helped Academy Prep, and Bay Point Middle School set up their annual fundraiser. Instead of carving a pumpkin for themselves this year, students carved pumpkins to donation to Bolesta for decoration in their Bru Ha Ha Haunted House. Last but not least students participated in the ZOO-BOO Haunted House dressing up in fun costumes and jumping out to scare people attending the zoo.
Nine students traveled to Washington DC this Fall break to work on homeless issues. They spent their time helping out in a shelter and a soup kitchen.
Some of the largest environmental problems facing Florida's ecosystems are the prevalence of invasive species and the loss of unique habitat. This fall Eckerd students targeted these issues by participating in a variety of environmental service-learning projects. We restored trials at Egmont Key, planted salt marsh at Terra Ceia, and picked up trash at Fort Desoto.
We had two camping trips that also focused on removal of invasive species one at Rainbow Springs and Crystal River for Fall Break and one at Kissimmee Lake Park. Through hands-on service, students are connected to the unique ecosystems of Florida.