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ELCs Complete Service Learning Projects at D.C. Virgo

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

The Watson College introduced an Education Learning Community in 2014 to provide first-year education majors a residential learning community that supports academic, social and educational development. Twenty-two students joined the ELC in fall 2017.

Over the course of the semester, the ELCs completed a UNI-course with LeAnne Smith, director of WCE’s Office of Student Advising and Integrated Leadership and coordinator of the ELC program. They also enrolled in EDN-203, a course titled Psychological Foundations in Teaching, taught by professor Janna Robertson. Robertson held the EDN 203 course at D.C. Virgo Academy in downtown Wilmington. She also designed a number of service-learning projects for WCE students at the school.

As the semester began, students visited the ‘Forest of DREAMS’ mural, and toured the neighborhood surrounding D.C. Virgo. During the school’s three-week fall intersession break, WCE students painted the school bathrooms and the seventh grade hallway, and designed three murals to hang in the hallways. They also introduced an after-school program for Virgo middle school students.

“We wanted to give our students opportunities to become familiar with a different part of town with a wonderful, unique and diverse community and students,” Robertson said.

WCE’s ELCs also enjoyed an afternoon of bubble soccer with their Watson Student Leader mentors this fall.

Melissa Newcity, administrative associate in WCE’s Office of Student Advising and Integrated Leadership, coordinated the second annual event, which took place on the UNCW rec fields with equipment and a referee provided by Wilmington Bubble Soccer.