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Service Learning at the Western Barren County Resource Center 1 Service Learning at the Western Barren County Resource Center Gossett, Chad Western Kentucky University
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Service Learning at the Western Barren County Resource Center 2 For my Service Learning Project, I seized the opportunity to volunteer with the Western Barren County Family Resource Center. The Resource Center is run by a full-time coordinator and an assistant coordinator who oversee the daily activities and are available to help families with a variety of needs. The Center is governed by a local advisory council made up of school personnel, parents, and community representatives. I had the pleasure to work with Kim Nunn and Penny Huffman. Mrs. Nunn works as the Assistant for the region, and Mrs. Huffman is the Coordinator. Although Mrs. Nunn works primarily at Park City School and Mrs. Huffman is located at Red Cross School, they cover a densely populated portion of Barren County and provide services for 1150 children combined. The Family Resource Center was created as part of the Kentucky Education Reform Act and is part of the Barren County School System. The center intends to enhance student’s abilities to succeed in school by meeting their needs. This is accomplished by providing community services at the center and by connecting families to agencies in the community. Western Barren County Family Resource Center receives a state grant based on the number of students eligible for free school meals. However, once a center is established, all enrolled children and their families can use its services regardless of family income. Some of the services offered by the Center include assistance with full-time preschool child care, assistance with after-school child care, health services or referrals to health services, educational support, divorce support groups for school- age children, and the Lending Library. The services of this agency appear to be as diverse as the community in which they provide their care. Whether in schools, counseling centers, family resource centers, or shelters, children and families all over the Greater Western Barren County area can access the support they need, when
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Service Learning at the Western Barren County Resource Center 3 needed—and can expect they are treated with respect, care, and optimism, every time they are involved with this agency. Even though I was only required to volunteer for fifteen hours, I spent at least double that amount of time working with Ms. Kim and the school staff. The first couple of days that I volunteered, I was getting my feet wet learning all the services that the Resource Center offered to the school children and families. I prepared backpacks with food for the weekly backpack day,
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  • Spring '17
  • Jan peeler
  • Private School, Public School, Glasgow, Kentucky, Glasgow micropolitan area, Western Barren County Resource Center

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