By Sam Alcorn
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University was named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service-learning efforts and service to America's communities.
It is the second consecutive year that Bucknell has been on the Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. More than 700 colleges and universities were recognized for exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs. || See complete list
Among Bucknell's many community service projects are Bucknell Buddies, an after-school tutoring program offered in Lewisburg; Bicycles Against Poverty, a student-initiated program to help alleviate poverty in war-torn areas of Uganda; and Community Harvest, a free hot meal program in nearby Milton, Pa.
In the 2008-09 academic year, Bucknell students contributed more than 55,000 service hours to local, national and international organizations, according to Poppy Goforth, director of community service in the Office of Civic Engagement. Some 85 percent of Bucknell students are involved in service to some degree, with at least 60 percent participating on a regular basis, she said.
"Most students at Bucknell participate in volunteer and community service work," said Goforth. "It's a way to make a difference in the community, gain valuable experience, and explore community issues that are important to them."
First launched in 2006, the honor roll program selects honorees based on factors that include scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.
"Our nation's students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face," said Patrick Corvington, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the honor roll. "They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service."
The honor roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
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