Thursday, May 27, 2010

Online student wins Service Star Award

David Brooks accepts the award with his wife, Beth.

David Brooks gave a lot to the Copalis Community Church Food Bank. He unloaded supplies, swept the floor, greeted people when they came in. When it was raining, he gave clients a ride home.
      The WSU Online student also got a lot back during his 20 hours of service learning, which was part of a human development course. He made new friends. He gathered material for his writing career. And, in May, he accepted the Service Star Award from Washington State University’s Center for Civic Engagement.
      The monthly award honors students who show outstanding service while demonstrating leadership and teamwork abilities.
      “He doesn’t need to be asked,” said food bank director Jeanne Elliott, “he jumps right in.”
      “David gave his heart and soul to the position,” said his nominator, Jenni Whelan, a CCE peer mentor who helps students find volunteer opportunities.
      Brooks was among 72 students doing service learning in HD 403, Families in Poverty, taught by Mary Garcia. More...      Over the past three years, WSU Online students have contributed more than 9,000 hours of service in classrooms, charities, offices and Habitat for Humanity sites.
      Brooks lives in Copalis Crossing, Washington, near Ocean Shores. He works half time at WorkSource, a state-run employment program, where he edits resumes and cover letters, and worked as an intern for the North Coast News.
      "David did some terrific stories for the North Coast News," said editor Tom Scanlon. "He's a hard-working reporter with an original writing style."
      Brooks is earning a degree in humanities with a professional writing certificate, which he hopes will lead to a job where he can continue to help people.
      Even though Brooks’ human development course has ended, he continues volunteering at the food bank, along with his wife, Beth. “She came with me and decided to stay,” he said.
      “WSU students often get involved through a course assignment,” said Kim Freier, CCE assistant director. “But when they see the difference they make in the lives of others, it can become a genuine part of who they are and what they do in their day-to-day lives.”

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