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One of nine Edison communications teams presented a program on the dangers of bullying and
how to be good “buddies” to Butler Middle School fifth and sixth graders.

Edison Darke County students a force in the community

GREENVILLE - Edison State Community College, Darke County Campus, is about higher education, but it’s also about something else… it’s about “community.” Edison students reached a milestone this semester, providing well over 1,000 hours of community service, reaching as many as 1,500 students in four Darke County School Districts.

“A community college has a duty to the community that supports it,” said Edison Darke County Dean Chad Beanblossom. “Our job is to not only prepare our students for a successful future in their field of choice, but to be good citizens. We can best do this by incorporating citizenship into our educational opportunities. I am pleased we are able to do this with some of our offerings.”

One of the opportunities had Edison students going out into the community, to the schools that are educating the next generations of Edison students.

Sixty Edison Fundamentals of Communications students spent six weeks preparing to talk to students from Kindergarten through sixth grade about bullying and how to be a “buddy” instead of a “bully.” They made presentations to Mississinawa Valley, Ansonia, Arcanum and Greenville’s Woodland Primary students. Dozens of hours were spent preparing and delivering their messages.

Students have been leaving their Darke County campus to deliver presentations about bullying, drug abuse, and manners, courtesy and respect for four years. This year’s message by nine Edison teams reached nearly 1,500 elementary and intermediate students, the largest number to date.

“A hallmark of an Edison State education is practical, real-world experiences,” noted Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson. “The Darke County Campus has expanded its notion of a classroom to include the entire community. These students have gained an understanding of the community along with an appreciation of their own skills in leadership and service.”

New to the Edison Darke County Campus is the Empowering Darke County Youth After School Program. Forty-four students from a number of Edison classes accumulated 1,000.75 hours helping over 60 students from Greenville’s Woodland, East and South schools during the 13 weeks of the inaugural program.

The purpose of the After School Program is to help struggling students with homework and, in some cases, catching up with the basics they need to succeed in school.

“Again, we are helping future Edison students reach their goals,” Beanblossom added. “At the same time, we are working with other community organizations to make Darke County a better place for all of its residents.

“Building a stronger community through education and community service… I can’t think of a better focus for Edison Darke County,” Beanblossom added.

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