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Service Learning for Noah’s Ark
Imaged provided by Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary
Tiger Lily grooming Liberty
It could be said that the original Noah’s Ark was the first community service project. So, Clayton State Assistant Professor of English Dr. Jennifer Parrott’s English Composition II class could also be said to have followed in Noah’s footsteps with their spring 2015 semester experiential learning work for Noah’s Ark, the Animal Rehabilitation Center located in Locust Grove.
Noah's Ark is a Non-Profit Animal Sanctuary dedicated to bringing children and animals together with the purpose of providing unconditional love, unconditional service and a future full of hope in a beautiful park like setting. It’s 250 acre sanctuary is for abused, unwanted and neglected animals. Noah's Ark has over 1,500 animals with 100 different species.
Students worked in groups under the auspices of Clayton State’s PACE (Partnering Academics and Community Engagement) program to develop strategies to raise awareness of the work being done by Noah’s Ark.
“Our students worked in groups to conduct primary and secondary research on both the animals that live at Noah’s Ark and the services the organization provides them,” explains Parrott. “After conducting their research, each group created a variety of promotional materials for Noah’s Ark. The student-generated materials included a video tour, QR code-based scavenger hunt, web content, membership package, brochures, and video interviews with the staff.”
“Part of my decision to enroll in the course included my interest in community service,” says Clayton State student Joi Simmons. “(As a group), we had one thing in mind, and that was to bring awareness to the community globally. I learned while working with the staff that there are a lot of moving parts to a non-profit organization, and one must familiarize yourself with do’s and don’ts before you implement your ideas.
“We implemented the idea not to replace their current advertisement, but to enhance (it) by bringing awareness beyond the website. We decided to produce an informative brochure to mail out to residents all over the United States. The brochure contained information about the Ark and included a QR code that was linked to a YouTube video. The video displayed real-life photos of the animals in action.
“I hope that once my kids are enrolled (at Clayton State), that this program will be mandatory because it is a rewarding experience which allows you to think, not just for a grade, but for the community as well,” said Simmons.
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