Stories @ TCC
Educators Reach Across the Seas
TCC’s outreach extends around the globe, as faculty and students activate to help children and military members overseas. These examples provide a glimpse into the depth of TCC caring.
Sociology instructor Amy Ruedisueli and students in her Sociology 201 class worked for months to raise awareness of children in Jinja, Uganda, whose lives have been shattered by HIV/AIDS and war. Through the American charity Friends of El Shadai, students and an array of online contributors raised enough money to buy land and build a home for more than 35 children.
With no free education system in Uganda, the project continues with a focus on providing educational opportunities for the children in that home. Many students in Ruedisueli’s class have expressed an interest in international development and a study abroad opportunity in Africa.
In another example of TCC’s outreach, since fall 2006, students in Rachel Ankney’s English classes have sent over 180 boxes of goods to soldiers and sailors serving in Iraq. Donations have included requested items (listings by unit are at www.anysoldier.com) from baby powder to tuna packs to soccer balls.
Ankney selects military units stationed in Hampton Roads, and incorporates the project as part of the final exam. Packages include post cards from students – a simple way to send greetings and pictures from service members’ home region. “Students have really embraced the idea – it’s not about politics, and it demands that they step outside of their comfort zone in the hope of doing something worthy and good,” says Ankney.
Since the project has grown to include a virtual outpouring of student donations, the Student Government Association at the Virginia Beach Campus secured funding for shipping, and provides help to assemble packages and deliver them to the post office.
One unit sent a care package back to students, with handwritten letters of thanks and two disposable cameras filled with photos so students could see the unit’s work in Baghdad. Ankney plans to continue this project while U.S. troops serve in Iraq.