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Labor in the Name of Learning: Broadview University Gives Back

Published on May 27, 2014 by Tiffany Coleman

(GARDEN CITY) One day a year, Broadview University closes its doors for business and opens the window for an opportunity to give back to the community. On Friday, May 16, the Boise campus staff participated in its annual Community Service Day. This year, the campus chose the Learning Lab in Garden City to be its volunteer project recipient; providing labor in the name of learning.

A group of faculty and staff members gathered at the Garden City facility and donated a day’s worth of manual labor—painting, cleaning, organizing, pulling weeds and cleaning up the outside grounds and playground.

The Learning Lab is a computer-assisted learning center for adults and families with children birth to six years old. Students receive basic skills instruction including math, reading, writing, spelling, GED preps and workplace skills. While students are learning, their children are enrolled in infant/toddler or preschool programs. Students are placed in a class according to their ability and need. All courses they take utilize computerized, interactive learning systems. The mission here is to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.

The nonprofit organization relies on community volunteers to help break that cycle. To do its part, a group of 18 faculty and staff members gathered at the Garden City facility and donated a day’s worth of manual labor—painting, cleaning, organizing, pulling weeds and cleaning up the outside grounds and playground. For four hours—minus a quick lunch—the staff worked on a variety of projects.

“From the minute I heard about this organization, I knew I wanted to do something to help out,” Mike McAllister, Broadview University’s campus director, said. “I am truly excited we chose to do this project. The Learning Lab is a great, very deserving organization.”

At the end of the work day, Broadview University’s staff made a considerable dent in their assigned tasks. Two rooms were painted, the entire playground was weeded, raked and cleaned, the grounds were freshly landscaped, and the facility inside was cleaned from top to bottom.

“Thank you so much for the amazing work [your team] did,” Ann Heilman, the director at the Learning Lab, said. “Your team was such a friendly group of people and so well organized. We can’t thank you enough for the work put in to making Learning Lab a cleaner, safer place to work, teach and learn.”

“Our preschool students and teachers are enjoying the clean equipment and safer playing area. The teachers and staff are also thrilled with the cleanliness of their offices and improvements made both inside and out! A special thank you to the gardeners/outside workers who had their work cut out for them and to the painters who stayed to get the job done! We truly appreciate that you dedicated this day to helping us.”

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