Every January, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day marks one of the major volunteer service events for colleges, universities, high schools, and even elementary schools across the country. This event brings hundreds of thousands of people together to serve on MLK Day.
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In a matter of days, you’ll hear the collective sighs of parents around the country saying goodbye to their college bound students. You may also hear a few whoops and hollers from the students as their parents drive away!
In beginning this post about social entrepreneurship, I was very excited because it is such an exciting and inspiring focus. However after tapping mindlessly on my keyboard and coming up short, I was faced the ultimate test of blogging in taking what social entrepreneurship means to me and translating it into what it means to the world.
Volunteering teaches its participants to become more aware of the impact of their actions on the community. Often when we think of community, we refer to local communities, but volunteering can transcend borders across the global community.
On the first day of kindergarten, there are always the kids crying and clinging to their parents not wanting to go inside, and then there are some who march in without a second thought. Every year after that, it’s still the same except less tears and clinging to parents.
Service-learning is something I’m involved in on a daily basis. I find that sometimes students and parents are ill-informed on the distinction between volunteerism and service-learning, and this can lead to confusion.