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April 12, 2013

Blinn students give back to the community in record numbers

263 students participate in College’s annual day of service

Blinn Blitz Students

A record 263 Blinn College students participated in the school’s annual day of service to the Brenham community Friday.

The event originated with 40 students in 2010 and expanded to more than 135 last year.

“We’re very pleased with the quantity and the enthusiasm of this year’s participants,” said Dr. Greg Phillips, director of Blinn’s Service Learning program. “The Blitz is becoming a part of Blinn culture, and as more and more students participate each year we’re able to do even more to serve our community.”

Students participated in a variety of projects throughout the Brenham area, including:

  • Demolition of a damaged shed on Salem Road.
  • Painting tables at Linda Anderson Park.
  • Painting soccer goal posts at Hohlt Park.
  • Mulching playgrounds at Henderson and Hattie Mae Flowers parks.
  • Road clean-up on South Market Street.
  • Yard clean-up for local senior citizens.

 

Alicia Kelm, a sophomore from Burton, helped lay down mulch at Henderson Park.
“It makes you feel good to help others,” she said. “I definitely think it’s good for all of us to get out in the community and help other people.”

The Blitz includes partners from Faith Mission, the City of Brenham, Keep Washington County Beautiful, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Washington County, area churches, the Senior Activity Center and Blinn’s Athletic Department, Naturalist Club and Student Leadership & Activities.

Blinn’s Service Learning program combines community service with classroom instruction or student club activities, focusing on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility to engage students. Service Learning involves students in activities that address local needs while developing their academic or professional skills and commitment to their community. At the end of the Fall 2011 semester Blinn students had documented more than 252,000 hours of community service, valued at more than $5 million by the Points of Light Foundation.

Blinn has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest accolade an educational institution can receive from the federal government for its commitment to service and civic engagement, five of the last seven years.

In addition to being named to the President’s Honor Roll, Blinn received Carnegie Classification in January 2011 from the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching. That honor places Blinn among the top five percent of colleges and universities in the nation in terms of documented public service.