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Ronald Porter
Director of Service-Learning

Eckerd College
Office of Service-Learning
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711


toll-free: 800-456-9009
local: 727-864-7512


Service Learning

Fall Semester 2007

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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.

Habitat for Humanity

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.

Fall Semester Service

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.

Fall Semester

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.

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Reflective Service-Learning Portfolio

Triton Track

Calls for Participation

Academy Prep

Volunteer with Academy Prep

Academy Prep is a unique private middle school program serving 5th through 8th grade students in a low-income area. Students must qualify for need-based scholarships to attend and must have a desire to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. Academy Prep works with students to prepare them for higher education, maintaining relationships with graduates through high school, college, and into their adult lives.

YMCA Reads

Volunteer Mentors Needed

YMCA Reads! is an after-school reading assistance and mentoring program providing opportunities for at-risk and low-income children in kindergarten through third grade to develop the reading skills they need to succeed in school.

Notes from the Field

Servant Leaders blog
Service-Learning Interns blog
The service-learning student interns are increasing service involvement at Eckerd, becoming successful service leaders and helping students create a community around the values and challenges of servant-leadership.

Service Learning Profiles

Alumni Profiles

Read individual profiles of how involvement with Eckerd Service-Learning changed the lives of current students and alumni.  Learn more.