WWU Service-Learning Fair Proves Successful

United WayWilliam Woods University hosted its second annual service-learning fair on Sept. 24. Approximately 105 students and numerous faculty and staff participated, learning more about volunteer opportunities available to them.


“Service-learning is a teaching method that utilizes community service to help students gain a deeper understanding of course content, acquire new knowledge and engage in civic activity,” Cassie Davis, academic service-learning coordinator, said.


Foster ParentsWWU has an active service-learning community, including partnerships with organizations such as the American Red Cross, Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), Fulton Head Start, Fulton Preschool, Fulton Public Schools, Habitat for Humanity, Missouri School for the Deaf, Presbyterian Manor, SERVE Inc., United Way and Fulton Soup Kitchen, among others.


According to Davis, the purpose of the fair was to investigate possible service-learning projects that could simultaneously meet classroom learning objectives and community needs. It was also a good venue for students or community organizations to find volunteer opportunities outside of class.



William Woods University student Heather Oetjen (left) of Prior Lake, Minn., listens to Kathy Richey-Liddle, executive director of the United Way, explain about her organization during the WWU service-learning fair.


Adam Patton of the Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association speaks with Marisa Benthusen (left) of Raymore and Elizabeth Welker of Lake St. Louis during the WWU service-learning fair.


WWU students fill out volunteer forms for Carolyn Garner (right), volunteer coordinator and victim advocate for the Coalition Against Rape & Domestic Violence (CARDV).