JCAC students to participate in service project at William Woods

For students of the Jefferson City Academic
Center, character counts. On Character
Counts Day, Thursday, March 21, 40-50 ninth and 10th grade students
will visit William Woods University to participate in an academic
service-learning project.
 
The students will tour campus, eat
lunch in Tucker Dining Hall and help make cards for deployed troops.  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.
 
“We spend two-three hours a week volunteering in
the community at Kirchner State School for the Severely Handicapped, as
well as the memory unit at Heisinger Bluffs,” Brooke Morris, a
service-learning teacher at JCAC, said.

“The students love both service sites and develop relationships that
have impacted them greatly. 
Service-Learning gives our students the opportunity to connect with the
community and develop character traits that will better prepare them for their
future.” 

 
Morris said the students have made
fleece scarves/blankets to donate, dog cookies for the animal shelter, character
collages for the Boys and Girls Club and Valentine cards for community members.

Students
have also collected care packages for the troops, designed “mail-a-hugs” for
the students of Sandy Hook Elementary, incorporated a recycling program in
school and designed character mugs for the community and visitors in their
building. They create New Kid Survival Kits for new
students to JCAC, welcome them their first day and give them a
tour. They also painted the school and created an anti-bullying video.