We are committed to making our campus, our community, and our world a better place through community service. Limestone students volunteer at the Cherokee Children's Home and through the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge. They raise money for Disaster Relief Funds and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. They donate toys at the Annual Rock'n Bowl Christmas Event, and they participate in community beautification through Adopt-A-Highway.
Stop Hunger Now
"262,000 and counting" was the motto for this year's hunger relief effort. This Limestone University project began two years ago when students put together 62,034 packages of rice, vegetables, and vitamins to provide nutritious meal ingredients for the Stop Hunger Now international hunger relief organization.
Last year, students packaged over 102,000. The food packages are distributed by the Stop Hunger Now hunger relief organization, which provides food assistance programs at schools and orphanages in developing countries around the world.
Empty Bowls Project
There are residents across Cherokee County who are going to bed hungry each night, and Limestone University has initiated a program to help change that. Limestone’s “Empty Bowls Project” is raising money to feed the hungry and to bring awareness to this problem in its home community. “Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger,” said Limestone art department chairperson Carolyn Ford, who is heading the effort on campus. “Potters and other craftspeople, educators, and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are then invited to a simple meal using the bowls. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Events have now taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations. We are so proud that Limestone University and people from all around our area are joining in this cause”.
LC 2 Tutoring Program
Limestone-Central Elementary kids are learning and having a great time as well in the new tutoring program led by Limestone University students. Whether using flash cards or playing games, The University students focus on making learning fun and helping the children sharpen their math skills.
The partnership between the two schools began with more than 20 Limestone University student-athletes and education majors volunteering their spare time to participate in a new tutoring program at the elementary school. During the bi-weekly, 90 minute sessions, several of Limestone's Elementary Education students, along with members of the men's and women's soccer and field hockey teams, travelled to the nearby school to work with a group of 53 students.
Limestone Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, Dr. Paula Schubert, has been instrumental in the development of the tutoring program since the very beginning. Her diligent work to ensure that the program is a success has grown to benefit not only the young minds of the Limestone-Central students, but also those of the tutors as well. "One of the goals of the Teacher Education Program at Limestone University is to provide prospective teachers with the knowledge and ability to use instructional strategies with students to facilitate learning," she says. "The tutoring program gives students the opportunity to share their knowledge and skills with children in the community. I hope the students take away a sense of enthusiasm about community involvement and a desire to continue giving back to their local communities." Dr. Schubert hopes to continue building relationships between the student body of Limestone University with the local school districts.