The Salvation Army Recognizes Colleges Early Childhood Education Club
Release Date: 11/8/2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College
The Salvation Army Recognizes Carroll Community College’s Early Childhood Education Club
Westminster, Md., The Salvation Army will recognize the Carroll Community College (Carroll) Early Childhood Education (ECE) club with a plaque on Nov. 13 at their “Kettle Kick-off” at 11 a.m. in the Town Mall of Westminster in the Center Court. The “Kettle Kick-off” involves volunteers who ring bells and solicit donations to be placed in red kettles at various public places throughout the holiday season.
The ECE club has a rich history of volunteering with the Salvation Army and is being recognized for their service. For the past seven years, the ECE club has volunteered to distribute donated goods to various needy recipients for campaigns such as the Salvation Army’s holiday Angel Tree and diaper drives. For the past three years, the ECE club has volunteered for the Salvation Army’s Adopt a Family campaign, and this year, will also adopt a senior couple. The volunteer hours that students devote to adopting a family and helping a senior couple include collecting a list of holiday wishes, purchasing gifts and distributing them.
Carroll students Kelly Smith and Angela Behegan will join ECE club advisor and Carroll instructor Carole Williamson to accept the recognition plaque. All ECE club members have been invited to attend.
“This recognition from the Salvation Army was a kind gesture which came as a pleasant surprise,” said Williamson. “The ECE students and I receive much pleasure and satisfaction from volunteer efforts.”
“I am exceedingly proud of Carroll’s ECE students,” said Carroll President Dr. Faye Pappalardo. “I know they are very dedicated and caring individuals who regularly go above and beyond their classroom responsibilities.”
“The ECE club student volunteers exemplify the true spirit of dedicated teachers,” said Carroll Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. James Ball. “I am impressed with their willingness to go the extra mile to help children and families well before the students finish their training as early childhood educators.”
Chair of the Education Department Susan Sies said: “Carroll encourages our ECE students to become involved in reaching out to families in our community because this effort helps teacher candidates to develop a sense of empathy and better understanding of the developing young child.”
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