Concordia students chip in to help schools in Selma

Published 5:28pm Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Students from the Concordia Association of Student Educators took time to pass out eating utensils, open milk cartons and to supervise students at Edgewood Elementary Thursday, during the school’s lunch period.

CASE members were also accompanied by the executive vice president, vice president of academic affairs, College of Education division chair and faculty members.

As part of American Education Week, CASE advisor and Concordia Division of Education community liaison and clinical experience director Tonya Chestnut, said the school was chosen from a drawing that included both Selma City and Dallas County elementary schools.

Chestnut said the project was a way for students to have hands on experience and to “give back to the community.”

“The College of Education appreciates the area school systems for allowing our pre-service teachers to come in and complete their field experience hours and teacher internships. The pre-service teachers get the opportunity to collaborate, build relationships, and be a part of the career they have chosen. They get an opportunity to observe best instructional strategies with practicing educators,” Chestnut said. “The students did a great job with the kids at Edgewood. We had 19 CASE students to come and supervise all the students at Edgewood. The faculty and staff showed much appreciation.”

As part of continued school projects requested by area principals, CASE also helped to do a classroom makeover at Clark Elementary School and helped kickoff Payne Elementary School’s Reading Rally Friday.

The group plans to do a project at Bruce K. Craig Elementary, in Selmont, in the future.

Chestnut said she would like to thank superintendents, administrators, principals and teachers in Selma City, Dallas County, Lowndes, Wilcox, Chilton, Autauga, Perry, Demopolis, Montgomery and Linden school systems, for their continued support to Concordia College of Education.

CASE is a part of the Alabama Education Association’s local program that encourages aspiring teachers to be a part of their professional organization and demonstrate community service.

For more information about CASE, contact Chestnut at 874-5700 ext. 19747.

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