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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 353-3302.
Parkland College’s Dental Hygiene Program recently hosted its third annual “Day of Healthy Smiles.” There were plenty of smiles gained from that day, and not just from the patients.
More than 100 volunteers participated in the April 11th event, including dentists, oral surgeons, assistants, SmileHealthy staff, Ragle Dental Labs and Orthotechnologies, and Parkland Dental Hygiene, Surgical Technology, and Nursing program students, graduates, and faculty. One hundred and seven patients received free treatment of extractions, oral surgery, and fillings, and 15 patients received appliances to replace teeth.
Comments from our students confirm the impact this day of service has on their professional growth:
“The clinic day made me feel like I changed someone’s life,” Lauren Hea said. “That’s a big deal, to help people love themselves more and to gain confidence. It gave me the most indescribable feeling of happiness.”
“Today was a blast; everyone did such a wonderful job,” Ashton Rothweil said. “I never wanted it to end! But it really just reassured me that I went into the right profession. I’m so in love and cannot wait to get out there. Everyone I met was so inspiring!”
Lindsay Salinas called the clinic day a “once in a lifetime thing that I won’t ever be able to do again!
“I’m so glad to be a part of clinic day the past two years I’ve been at Parkland and to see how much patients are truly grateful!” Salinas said. “It was priceless and makes the entire day and all the planning worth it! It’s exciting to help be the reason someone is smiling again!”
The Parkland College Dental Hygiene Program is proud of the extra effort faculty, students, and the administrative assistant in the dental hygiene clinic give to prepare for and participate in this day.
[Peg Boyce is director of the Dental Hygiene Program at Parkland College.]
Parkland’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa—the largest and most prestigious honor society of two-year colleges—is hosting a Food Drive and an Environmental Awareness Table this week, November 17–21, in the Student Union. Please come out and donate some food or funds, or just stop by to learn something new about the environment and what you personally can do to help. The table times are listed below:
MONDAY: 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. (Green-out day)
TUESDAY: 3– 5 p.m. (Ecosystem day)
WEDNESDAY: 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. (Skip a meal)
THURSDAY: 11 a.m.–2 p.m. (Trash day)
FRIDAY: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. (Farmer day)
All food will be donated to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank on December 2, the “Day of Giving.” This means that the food you donate will stay in our community and be directly donated to those who need it in our area. Since Parkland’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter will not be donating the food until December 2, please feel free to make donations up until then. A donation box will be placed in Parkland’s Student Life office in the Student Union after this event. Food items needed most are beans, canned fruit, canned veggies, cereal, jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, soup, and rice.
Also have you heard of kiva.org? This is where 100% of your monetary donations will go. Kiva.org is a nonprofit organization “with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.” Check it out for yourself. (Here is Phi Theta Kappa’s team link.)
Parkland’s PTK chapter is also spreading awareness about food production and how it has impacted our environment over the years during this time. Each day of the week will present a new theme with new action items that we all could do to help out. So if you can’t donate, still stop by to learn something new!
Monday’s theme was Green-out day. People came to campus dressed in green to show their support for our environment. Tuesday’s theme highlighted our ecosystem and how the species within our environment have been impacted both positively and negatively by agricultural practices.
Wednesday is Skip a Meal Day! Parkland’s chapter is not encouraging people to skip a meal but rather to raise awareness in regards to how a lot of people have no choice but to skip a meal or two. After your lunch purchase, you have the option of donating your leftover change!
Thursday’s theme is Trash Day. Do you know how much trash is generated by the food you purchase? Stop by to find out! And lastly, Friday’s theme is Farmers Day. With the increasing global population, more food has to be produced somehow and somewhere. Stop by to learn more. Our farmers work hard to ensure that the production of our food is efficient and sustainable, so don’t forget to thank a farmer this Friday!
Parkland’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter hopes to see you there!