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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

Happy Workers Children's Center: 2005

Happy Workers

View photos from Happy Workers Children's Center

Founded in 1929, Happy Workers Children's Center is a not-for-profit organization that provides quality childcare and education for up to 180 children, two months to five years of age. They have established themselves as one of the leading early education programs in Florida. Its innovative curriculum focuses on cultural diversity, peace education, family literacy, environmental education, and the arts. Typically, the children's parents are working, attending school, enrolled in training programs, or are homemakers. Of course, the Center is open to the entire community.

A group of 11 students, led by student-leaders Lizzie McGurk and Erin McKenzie, went to Happy Workers to offer a helping hand. Upon arriving they were given a brief history of the organization and put immediately to work. Since the children were napping the student-volunteers started off by doing some maintenance to the outside of the facility. When the children woke up students had the chance to interact with them, pushing the kids on swings or doing art work with them. At the end of the day the student-leaders led the group in a reflection.

View photos from Happy Workers Children's Center

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.