Monday, April 6, 2015

Mayors Honor Sumner Volunteers at Vol State Event

Mayors from across Sumner County gathered at Vol State Wednesday to salute volunteerism. The Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service event acknowledged the importance of service work in the community, and the contributions of Vol State students, faculty and staff in that effort. Each mayor spotlighted volunteers and community groups, including the Mid-Cumberland Action Agency, Sumner CASA (Court Approved Special Advocates), the Sumner County Anti-Drug Coalition, the Sign Club, and the Moon Ranch Adventures cancer camp for children. Westmoreland Mayor Jerry Kirkman announced the formation of the Westmoreland Council of the Arts. White House Mayor Mike Arnold spoke of two young brothers, Cayden and Conner Long, who worked together to get a wheelchair-friendly playground built in the city.

Dr. Faulkner, mentioned Vol State Service Learning student projects, which are tied to specific classwork. Projects this year included emergency planning for daycare centers, ophthalmic examinations for people in Guatemala and local water quality research.  Faulkner also mentioned individual student community service, where students utilized skills learned in the classroom, with everything from blood pressure checks for the community to setting up a computer lab in a local elementary school.

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