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PRESIDENT'S HIGHER EDUCATION HONOR ROLL FOR DISTINGUISHED COMMUNITY SERVICE

Trinity Christian College was recently named to the first President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is a response to President Bush’s call to service by building on and supporting the civic engagement mission of our nation’s colleges and universities.  The award was presented at Campus Compact’s national meeting in Chicago.

Trinity was one of just 74 institutions of higher education to be recognized for its community service with distinction for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts among the nearly 500 schools named to the President’s Honor Roll.  

Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Trinity’s community came together and created a special 10-person task force, made up of students, staff, faculty, and chief administrators.  Their mandate was to create partnerships within the community to more effectively send aid.

By Thanksgiving, Trinity and its partners in the community had filled a semi-trailer with furniture, food, clothing, household items, supplies, and even a new church organ to be delivered to the Brentwood Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, where many of the hurricane evacuees were working to re-establish their lives. In addition, thousands of dollars were raised by Trinity’s students, faculty, and staff to help the rebuilding efforts.

Another project came at the inspiration and insistence of students. Thirty-nine students committed to spend their spring break working in heavily damaged areas of New Orleans.

The group of students and one staff member partnered with Lutheran Disaster Response in Louisiana. They donned protective gear and ‘mucked out’ houses in the area so that the damaged structures could be inspected to be either salvaged or demolished. Click here for a list of these students.

Later that same semester, another group of volunteers, including 12 Trinity students, returned to continue helping in the seemingly endless task of cleaning up the wreckage and debris created by the hurricane.  Rachel Strevey ’07 from Omaha, Nebraska, participated in both of these grueling clean up efforts.

 “It was amazing to be named to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll; none of us went there for recognition,” said Bethany VandeHey ’08 from Little Chute, Wisconsin. “The hurricane victims saw the love that motivated us to make a difference.” 


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