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Oklahoma Christian Receives National Recognition for Community Service

Friday, February 26, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amy Gower
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  Oklahoma City – Oklahoma Christian University has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.  "Congratulations to Oklahoma Christian University and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. "Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”  "We are very excited to be named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and receive national recognition for the outstanding contributions our students make to the local community,” said OC president, Mike O’Neal. "Our students have always devoted a considerable amount of their time to bettering the local community and the world.” Oklahoma Christian was cited for a number of community service programs, including its students’ work with Western Village Elementary in north Oklahoma City. The OC students mentor and serve as role models for the Western Village students. The mentors help the students develop self esteem, overcome negative behaviors and improve classroom participation and academic success. Western Village students have seen their test scores rise dramatically over the past five years, almost doubling in some areas. In 2009, OC students conducted the 10th annual "Kite Day,” where Western Village students made a field trip to OC for a fun day of flying kites and eating lunch with OC students. Other programs cited included work with local government for cleanup projects, nursing students conducting health fairs, 350 students participating in "Day in the City” to clean up distressed areas of Oklahoma City, volunteering Habitat for Humanity, T-Ball and soccer for children with disabilities, Special Olympics, and others. 

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