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Celebrate 10 Years of the Garden Hills Homework Club

The Garden Hills Homework Club is an afterschool program in which Parkland students, faculty, and staff tutor 3rd–5th graders to improve their reading skills, support their academic success, and act as positive role models. The Garden Hills Homework Club was co‐founded in the fall of 2007 by Brian Nudelman, English faculty and director of Service Learning at Parkland College, and Lauren Smith, community outreach coordinator for Champaign Unit 4 Schools.

Garden Hills Elementary School was selected because of its proximity to Parkland and because of Garden Hills’ high percentage of low-income and limited-English-proficient students. Initially the focus of the Homework Club was on helping Garden Hills students  complete their homework but has since transitioned to improving reading and literacy skills. Volunteers tutor students on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3–4pm and they work with the same student throughout the entire semester in order to provide a consistent, positive college role model.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Garden Hills Homework Club. On Wednesday, March 8, The Garden Hills Homework Club is hosting an open house at Parkland College in room D244 from 3 to 3:45 p.m. It will also be a demonstration of the Homework Club, including mindfulness meditation, the PALS (peer assisted learning system) reading program, and snacks for all attendees.

For more information about the Garden Hills Homework Club, how to volunteer, or to RSVP to the Homework Club Open House please contact Josh Clark at jclark@parkland.edu or 353-3302.

Annual MLK Celebration Honors Parkland Faculty

mlk-flyer2015Parkland College is a planning committee partner for the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Countywide Celebration. Parkland Director of Human Resources Kathleen McAndrew and I serve as representatives for the College on the committee each year.

As the City of Champaign’s website explains, this commemorative annual event celebrates the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recognizes excellent community service and humanitarianism by persons and groups in our community. Hundreds of residents attend each year.

This year, during the 14th annual event, Parkland’s own Brian Nudelman, an English professor and our service learning coordinator, will be receiving the Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award! The award honors individuals and organizations that engage in outstanding volunteerism and, in so doing, contribute to the well-being of the Champaign County community. We congratulate Brian on his hard work and service to the college and community residents. Below are the event details:


The Fourteenth Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration
4 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn
1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign

Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.

Descendant of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington

This event is free and open to the public.
Reception immediately following the program.