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College Early Childhood Education Club Selected for Regional Award

Release Date: 10/4/2013

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College

Carroll Community College Early Childhood Education Club Selected for Regional Award

Westminster, Md., —The Carroll Community College (Carroll) Early Childhood Education (ECE) Club was recently selected to receive the Excellence in Service Student Group Award on Oct. 30, 2013. The award is presented by Maryland-DC Campus Compact. The club was selected from among student groups at two-year and four-year colleges and universities in the Maryland-Washington, D.C. region, due to the high quality of its leadership and achievements.

The campus club promotes the importance of early childhood education through community outreach, service-based projects and professional leadership activities. Approximately 175 students are members of the club. Students organize events, participate in at least one service activity, and in many cases, are majoring in Early Childhood Education at Carroll. Students majoring in other subjects are welcome.

The club was created in 2006 and is aligned with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a professional organization.

“Student members of the club work on activities that involve inclusion, kindness and empathy, all traits that are critical for teaching children,” said Club Advisor Carole Williamson. She is also an adjunct Early Childhood Education instructor at Carroll.

The club sponsored a film presentation of “FINDING KIND”, with a universal message for all women and girls about girl-on-girl bullying. Another club project is the collection of supply bags for children that attend Judy Center pre-schools in Carroll County, with essential school and personal items for 100 children to be delivered later this month. Students will also volunteer their time to plan and staff the children’s activity area at the Annual Penguin Random House Book Fair at the college this spring.

“I am pleased to witness the true volunteer spirit of the members of the ECE club and their desire to help young children to grow and to thrive,” said Carroll President Dr. Faye Pappalardo. “Members of the club are role models for other students at Carroll who wish to make a difference. I give them much credit and accolades for a job well-done.”

“I am proud of the hard work demonstrated by our students in the ECE club,” said Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. James Ball. “Club members certainly deserve this award that recognizes their care and compassion for very young children.”

”The ECE club takes the lead in helping students shape their futures as educators. The students address relevant social issues while promoting service and civic engagement,” said Professor and Chairperson of Education Susan Sies.

“The club works tirelessly and has a genuine passion for service,” said Williamson. “The students develop ideas that reach the neediest of children. Their enthusiasm is contagious and they bring in new members each year. Leaders in the club are very dedicated to its mission. They set the bar very high for themselves in their desire to impact the community. All of these characteristics demonstrate the professionalism and service- learning achievements that led to this award.”


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