FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 7, 2004
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Birmingham-Southern College has again been selected for a national Daily Points of Light Award.
Recognizing “volunteers of the day,” the Daily Points of Light Award is given by The Points of Light Foundation in partnership with the Volunteer Center National Network. It honors individuals and volunteer groups that have made a commitment to connect Americans through service to help meet critical needs in their communities and in the nation, especially those focused on the goals for children and youth set by the Presidents' Summit for America's Future.
The BSC student coordinators, who will be showcased on The Points of Light Foundation's website at www.pointsoflight.org/awards/dpol/ on Sept. 9, were selected for the award based on their management of the service-learning activities at Woodlawn High School. The coordinators are responsible for initiating activities, recruiting volunteers, and maintaining the “Colonels of Hope” program.
BSC student volunteers helped WHS students study to pass the Alabama High School Graduation Exam. They also established an outdoor/environmental classroom that provides WHS students the opportunity to learn about plants and life science through hands-on work in a basil garden from which they harvest and sell basil. Currently, BSC students are working on a plan to help WHS students prepare for the ACT/SAT and help them with the college application process.
President George W. Bush and former President George Bush have endorsed the Daily Points of Light Award and each will send a congratulatory letter to the Birmingham-Southern student coordinators of the project at Woodlawn High School.
The BSC student coordinators recognized include Lisa Glenn, a junior psychology major from Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Kandace Hamilton, a junior history major from Bay Minette; Webb Lyons, a junior political science major from Centre; and Megan White, a junior religion major from Gadsden.
For more information about the Daily Points of Light Foundation, go to: www.pointsoflight.org.