Community Support for Service Learning

Whether bagging trash, pine cones or candy, mopping stairwells or under bleachers, shoveling dirt into wheelbarrows or cleaning toys, the students were hCleaning up the grounds at the Juvenile Detention Centeraving a great time. Cleveland High School seniors, engaged in community service, were putting the principals of “service learning” into practice for the third year in a row. 

Impressed by the positive student testimonies in past years, the Bradley/Cleveland Public Education Foundation garnered support from a few committed donors to enable the students to be well identified in T-shirts for the occasion and to travel safely by bus to the 17 work sites.  DeArmond & Stewart, DDS, PC, Skyridge Medical Center and Cooke’s Food Store readily supported this initiative. 

Mickey Torbett, President of United Community Bank, supported this project because he knows the value of giving back to his community.  A committed volunteer himself, he applauds the opportunity for these youngsters to learn what it means to those they help—and the feeling of satisfaction that comes with this service. 

Brian Workman, who serves as a BCPEF Trustee, encouraged Bender Realty to support this project, understanding all too well the importance and overwhelming task of property management and upkeep. 

These public facilities benefiting from the students’ work were blessed to have a head start on spring cleaning and maintenance: 

  • Arnold Elementary School
  • Cleveland Middle School
  • Mayfield Elementary School
  • Blythe-Bower Elementary School
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • North Cleveland Baptist Church
  • LUDIC, Lee University
  • The Greenway and Tinsley Park
  • Life Care Center & Garden Plaza 
  • Bradley/Cleveland Emergency Shelter
  • Bradley County Juvenile Justice Center
  • Morningside Assisted Living
  • Care Bridge Assisted Living
  • Bradley Healthcare & Rehab Center
  • Wesley United Methodist Church
  • Cormetech Environmental Technologies, Inc.

Service Learning helps to develop civic responsibility, according to William Lamb, Director of the Leonard Center at Lee University.  “It makes teaching more relevant and provides integration of the theory of the classroom and the opportunity on the street,” he adds, “and that when schools provide an atmosphere for students to serve others the impact is phenomenal.  The result—often awakening a genuine desire to make a difference.”

Thank you to the generous sponsors, the facilities who embraced the project and welcomed the students, the senior students who did the on-site work and the CHS staff who organized and supported the entire process.  Our community is better because of the CHS Raider Outreach on March 19, 2013.