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With the addition of service-learning requirements to the curriculum at Southern Adventist University, the Technology Department saw a unique opportunity to make their hands-on courses even more practical.
They set up Woodworking as a service class and talked with the Samaritan Center, a local social service agency, to see if the nonprofit had any needs the students could address with this class. They learned that toys for children at Christmas is always a high priority, so faculty divided the class into teams to work together to produce either a rocking horse or a wagon.

“The unexpected fringe benefit was that students made something they wouldn’t have normally chosen, so they were able to gain a broader experience than they otherwise would have,” said Ray Carson, department chair.

And the students loved it, going the extra mile to be sure they finished the projects well. He often had to clear out the classroom at the end of the period, because students wanted to keep working!

Department Overview

Dollars received: $8,207

Number of donors: 5

Percentage of employee giving: 50%