News and Events
October 12, 2016
Nashville, Tenn. — Genesis Students Donate Time to Second Harvest: Special Children Perform Ongoing Volunteer Service
Students from Genesis Academy in Nashville packed over 700 backpacks at Second Harvest Food Back in September, part of the ongoing commitment to service learning and community support that is an integral component of the school's educational mission. Partnering with Second Harvest over the past two years, special education students from Genesis make the trip to this local agency twice a month. Students are selected to participate because they are motivated to help others, and they often understand the situation of those affected by hunger.
"Many of our students come from challenging socio-economic backgrounds and may have faced similar circumstances to those who are served by Second Harvest. Volunteering at the Food Bank provides a therapeutic experience while also teaching a vocational skill," notes Genesis Academy's Clinical Director Christopher Moynihan.
Between three and six students join in each trip by volunteering for several hours, a challenging experience for children who may be facing learning disabilities. Approximately 20 different Genesis students have participated in this service program over the past year. All students attending Genesis Learning Centers are referred by their local public school's special education department, and every student has an Individual Education Program (IEP).
Executive Director Terry Adams believes there is direct and significant benefit from this mission-centered activity: "Genesis believes that service learning is an important way to instill values. Our children are experiencing intense emotional, behavioral, developmental, and learning challenges or difficulties. Serving at Second Harvest allows them to be the person who is helping someone else. This is a great way for them to develop pride, compassion, and understanding."
Partnering with Second Harvest's mission to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community, these regular volunteer visits provide Genesis students a hands-on, experiential opportunity to share, to grow in understanding, and to participate in meaningful service to others.
May 19, 2016
Nashville, Tenn. — Graduation Ceremonies Celebrate Exceptional Students from Genesis Learning Centers
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