UNL student guides student service project

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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 5:56 am

Creighton Community School is partnering with the Rural Civic Action Program, a class offered at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The project pairs students in Debi Doerr’s freshman agriculture class at Creighton High School with a UNL student.

The Rural Civic Action Program connects middle and high school students in rural areas with college “fellows” enrolled in an undergraduate course at the university. Together, the students will identify hopes that they have for the community and address them through meaningful service-learning projects.

Seven CHS freshmen, Levi Bearinger, Noah Novacek, Cade Hammer, Brody Eggers, Sam Waterman, Emma Vortherms and Averi Diedrichsen, have spent the past few weeks identifying changes they would like to see to improve the community.

Their UNL student partner is Kaitlyn Hanvey from Center, a Verdigre High School graduate.

They have recently spent time brainstorming and working to collaboratively decide on a service-learning project. Last week, they came to a decision for a project - spreading holiday cheer. The students plan to spend the coming weeks, until Christmas break, focusing on things they can do to spread positivity and pride in their community.

After completion of the project, Hanvey will assist the students in reflecting on the impact their project has in the community and they will create a visual representation of the project’s impact.

“During this project, students develop leadership skills, promote their capacity to positively impact their communities, now and in the future, and actively engage themselves in community issues,” Hanvey said.

Area residents who would like to assist the students or who would like more information on the project may contact Hanvey at kaitlynhanvey3@gmail.com or 402-358-0443.

The Rural Civic Action Program is a joint project between rural schools, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the Nebraskans for Civic Reform. It is funded through a grant from the Rural Futures Institute.

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