The Service Learning Project, At St. Bernard's Health And Wellness Center
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Introduction The service learning project, Say Boo! To Bullying 5k, 10k, and 1 Mile Costume Crawl event was held at St. Bernard’s Health and Wellness Center on October 31, 2015. According to Borunda, Davis, and Rinaldo, service learning is defined as “an experienced-based pedagogy that serves a community needs” (2015, p. 115). The event benefits the My Generation Foundation and Autism Association of Northeast Arkansas. The purpose of this event was to educate the families and citizens about the available resources for children and adolescents that have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) symptoms. The event provided a powerful message to the community for the individuals who have a disability. For instance, the runners that participated in…show more content… Family members were able to discuss available programs with social workers present at the event. The activities were coordinated to encourage a healthy environment and provide citizens of this community an opportunity to participate or volunteer in a meaningful event. Approximately one-hundred people attended the event hosted by St. Bernard faculty members, Families Inc., and other volunteers throughout the local community ensuring a successful event.
Target Population According to Mihaela Grasu, “autism is a complex developmental disorder with a neurobiological character, characterized by problems of communication and relating to others as well as interests, activities and behaviors that are restricted, repetitive and stereotypical” (2015, p. 87). The target population pertained to pre-school children to adolescents with ASD symptoms that residing in Jonesboro or the surrounding cities. The participants and parents at this event are advocates for the children and adolescents who have the disability. The event was conducted by several organizations advocating in support of those with this disability. There was a direct and noticeable impact on the community members who helped provide a healthy activity for the children in the community. This event represented a powerful message and demonstrated the dedication and passion that participants and volunteers alike hold for this unique and special population.