JCAC students participate in service project at William Woods

Students of the Jefferson City Academic Center and students
of William Woods University recently teamed up to provide greeting cards for
troops serving overseas.

About 50 ninth and 10th grade students visited
William Woods to participate in an academic service-learning project. They
worked with WWU art students to make cards for deployed troops. 
“Our students at JCAC participate in service projects
for the local community on a daily basis and through that learn the importance
of trust, respect and integrity.  But for our kids to get to create
something as personal as the greeting cards for the troops one-on-one with
college students is something many of them will cherish for a long time,” Brooke
Morris, a service-learning teacher at JCAC, said.
“Teaching our kids the importance of giving back and
doing good for others is a vital part of their education and shapes them into
wonderful young men and women. I feel lucky to get to be a part of that process
for our students at JCAC. I am so grateful for our business partner, William
Woods, for giving our kids this opportunity and proud of the growth in our
students from this special event.”

The card-making project is something that Terry Martin,
professor of art, and his students have been doing for several years. The idea
is to design cards that military personnel can send to their loved ones.
An Army sergeant recently sent a note to the WWU
basic design students, which read in part, “I
wanted to THANK YOU for taking the time and effort to getting us such nice
supplies of this manner.  I know my loved ones enjoy receiving the cute
cards as much as I love writing them.”
The Jefferson City Academic Center (JCAC) is an alternative
high school setting, whose principal, Deanne Fisher, received her education
specialist degree from William Woods. Students who thrive in nontraditional
classrooms find meaningful ways to engage in the community through educated
Service-Learning at JCAC.
William Woods University senior Erica Begley talks to Earl
Fuller while Levi Land looks on.

Terry Martin assists Talasha Wallace with her art project.

Nathan Wibberg diligently works on his card.