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Fall Term 2010
Catapulting off a highly successful Autumn Term, where a whopping 310 freshmen rushed Into the Streets, Service Learning has been a mess of activity this fall!
The first Justice Dinner invited students to challenge common conventions and preconceived notions of power and justice as they revisited an old favorite, "The Emperor's New Clothes". The second Justice Dinner took a saucier turn, as the CIW (Coalition of Immokalee Workers) came up to dine and discuss. Together, students and CIW representatives, discussed the injustices witnessed in the migrant farm worker population of South Florida, the nation's largest provider of tomatoes. The third gathering will provoke thought and debate over LGBT treatment and rights.
Weekends were punctuated with various service trips. On September 11, a group volunteered at a local Mosque, to show solidarity against a tide of religious ignorance. A group traveled south to Sarasota to SMART (Sarasota Manatee Association of Riding Therapy), aiding general upkeep of the facilities. Some other students shared a Saturday morning with New College volunteers at Terra Ceia Preserve, participating in Manatee County's Costal Clean Up Day. Those volunteers desiring more a black tie feel, gathered to assist PARC (Pinellas Association of Retarded Children) with their black tie gala. They greeted guests and facilitated the silent auction.
On October 23, 2010 a group of 15 environmentally crazed students set out to conquer a 'River of Grass', thus began the Fall Break Service Trip to the Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States! Here, these fearless students braved hot days and sleepless, buggy nights with no more than a tent wall to keep them protected. Never the less, service prevailed and two southern trails where restored and cleared (Eco Pond and Rowdy Bend).