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Community Service Posters 2012
Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE)

Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) is a community service-oriented program with a business twist. SIFE partners with businesses, non-profits and educational institutions to promote free market economics by completing projects that benefit the partner organization and focuses on projects that teach business concepts, financial literacy and free market economics.

Library Resource Center in Muhuru Bay, Kenya
Coker SIFE established the first-ever library in the small, rural fishing village of Muhuru Bay, Kenya. The library includes computers and classroom space. Soon, thousands of books donated by the Hartsville community will fill the library shelves. This new facility provides residents of Muhuru Bay access to information and resources that would not have been possible otherwise.

SAT Preparation Program
Coker SIFE students worked in high schools in Darlington and Timmonsville to help prepare students to successfully complete the SAT. Nearly 100 students were reached by the program, which was a collaboration between Coker SIFE and Coker Professor John Foster and St. Bartholomew's Parish. Students in the program participated in an entire day of practice testing and test-taking strategy instruction.

Psi Chi and United Sisterhood Association

Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, encourages, stimulates and maintains excellence in scholarship of members and promotes the science of psychology.

Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee
Coker College Professor Tracey Welborn and Neal Zimmerman, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee, co-wrote a grant funded by the Byerly Foundation which provided $40,000 in funding and $25,000 in in-kind services to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Pee Dee. Volunteers provided the labor to install new carpet tiles to improve the health and safety of children at the club, enhance the ambiance of the facility and encourage the children to take pride in the facility.

The United Sisterhood Association encourages all women, regardless of ethnicity, to contribute to the positive enhancement of cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, social justice, gender equality and scholastic excellence. The association believes all women share in the concept of sisterhood and provide a rich legacy for understanding, teaching, learning and promoting women’s issues in a contemporary society.

Hartsville Soup Kitchen
Members of the United Sisterhood Association volunteered at the Hartsville Soup Kitchen serving food to the homeless on January 16, 2012, in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Commissioners

Since 1924, Coker's Commissioners have welcomed freshmen with great excitement. Each Commissioner is directly responsible for a group of freshmen students called a "family," helps with the personal and academic concerns of freshmen students and assists the family in adjusting to college life.

Halloween Carnival
Every Halloween, the Commissioners host a Halloween Carnival for children in the Hartsville community. The carnival is free and open to the public. At the carnival, the children enjoyed activities, games and snacks.

Coker College Culture Club

The Coker College Culture Club welcomes all students who are interested in learning more about the traditions and cultures of people throughout the world. Each year, CCCC goes on a spring break trip in an effort to build community, attend cultural events and perform community service.

In 2011, CCCC members traveled to Apalachicola, Fla., where they cleaned graffiti at local schools. In 2012, volunteers returned to Apalachicola and completed 35 service hours as they worked to improve the city’s downtown area by removing trash in the public rights-of-way.

Tomorrow's Teachers and Kappa Delta Pi

Tomorrow’s Teachers promotes, encourages and demonstrates an appreciation for the field of education. The organization also provides education majors with opportunities to network and become involved in community service.

Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, fosters excellence in education and promotes fellowship among those dedicated to teaching.

Tomorrow’s Teachers donated books to all schools in Hartsville to expand their library collections.

KDP and T2 volunteers at Southside Early Childhood Center in Hartsville helped with activities at the school’s fall festival in October 2011.

Both organizations also participated in Coker’s Angel Tree program to provide Christmas presents for disadvantaged children.

Divinity Praise Dance Team, Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Beta Lambda

The Divinity Praise Dance Team promotes, encourages and demonstrates an alternative outlet for praise and adoration of Jesus Christ through dance and mime. Divinity ministers in the form of praise dancing to the Coker and Hartsville communities.

Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, recognizes those who exhibit a high standard of leadership in academics, athletics, journalism, performing arts and community service.

Phi Beta Lambda, a division of Future Business Leaders of America, provides opportunities for students to develop business-related career competencies and promotes a sense of civic and personal responsibility.

Hartsville Boys and Girls Club
On January 31, 2012, members of Divinity, ODK and PBL held a day of fun at the Hartsville Boys and Girls Club. Volunteers provided activities, games and snacks for children at the club.

Spanish 220 and 305

Spanish 220
Spanish 220 concentrates on refining students’ speaking and listening skills through extensive classroom practice and promotes the acquisition of a broader range of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. For this class, five students completed six hours of service learning during Term III with Valerie Nuñez, ESOL Coordinator for Darlington County Public Schools. The students tutored Spanish-speaking children at all grade levels in a variety of subjects including English, math and science.

Spanish 305
Spanish 305 requires students to complete an internship with an agency, organization, business or institution for which Spanish language skills are a necessity. For her internship, Becky Dillon is completing 135 hours of volunteer service under the direction of Valerie Nuñez tutoring Spanish-speaking students at a variety of grade levels and in wide range of subjects.

9/11 Day of Service

250 Coker students, faculty and staff donated 500 service hours to the Darlington County School District, Habitat for Humanity, the Hartsville Boys and Girls Club and Kalmia Gardens on September 10, 2011.

Darlington County School District
Volunteers at Carolina Elementary, North Hartsville Elementary, Washington Street Elementary, West Hartsville Elementary and Hartsville High School painted rooms, hallways and a gazebo and distributed pine straw.

Habitat for Humanity
Coker volunteers helped a local family realize their dream of homeownership by painting the interior of a newly constructed home.

Hartsville Boys and Girls Club
Volunteers provided the labor to paint a room and hallways to improve the facility.

Kalmia Gardens
Volunteers distributed pine straw, spread chips on trails and created hypertufa containers.

The 9/11 Day of Service was an integral part of Coker's First Year Experience course, which helps first-year students adapt to the academic rigors of college, campus culture and the wider world and manage their independence.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 288 volunteers contributed 576 service hours at sites in Hartsville, Darlington, Florence and Timmonsville in an effort to empower and strengthen local communities.

All of Coker’s athletic teams were represented at the event. Members of the cheerleading team, music program, theater program, Psi Chi, United Sisterhood Association, COBRAFIT and the Library 101 course also participated.

Volunteers laid carpet, painted fire hydrants and organized storerooms, toys, files and a community closet. Students also performed music, read stories and served lunch at a soup kitchen. The baseball team offered a free clinic to local children.

Sites included: Carolina Kids, Carriage House, Coker College Library, Darlington County Disability and Special Needs, Darlington County Habitat for Humanity, Darlington County Humane Society, Florence Pee Dee Coalition, Hartsville Boys and Girls Club, Hartsville Fire Department, Morningside Assisted Living, Morrell Nursing Center, Timmonsville Boys and Girls Club, United Way of Florence and Wesley United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen.

Angel Tree

Coker's Angel Tree program shares Christmas joy with disadvantaged youth of Darlington County. The Coker family sponsored 87 children for Christmas 2011.

Every Christmas, Coker partners with Darlington County Social Workers to provide Christmas presents for disadvantaged children. Children are sponsored by faculty, staff, registered student organizations, students, parents and local community members.

Sponsors included:

  • Art Club
  • Baseball Team
  • CC101 - Dr. Cathy Cuppett's Class
  • Cobra Cast
  • Duck Family
  • Equestrian Club
  • Frog Family
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Psi Chi
  • Residence Hall Association
  • Tomorrow's Teachers
  • Turtle Family
  • United Sisterhood Association
 
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