JCCC Archives presents the Sleuthing Series, where every Tuesday, we bring you an image from our past and ask you to help us find out more!
What We Know
The “program began in the fall of 1993.” Students have learned real-world lessons and skills while providing hours of service to to “community sites in the metropolitan Kansas City area, including Bridging the Gap, Habitat for Humanity, Harvesters, Head Start, Operation Breakthrough, Special Olympics, Uplift and Youth Friends. Student volunteers consistently report increased self-confidence, empowermemt, achievement and a greater understanding of diverse and often unfamiliar segments of the comunity.” (This from an early, 1997 or 98. pamphlet from Marcia Shideler, Service Learning Coordinator.)
A search for “Service learning” on the JCCC web page (jccc-search) will assist anyone interested in becoming involved with service learning.
In 2008 Service Learning and Dental Hygiene launched Oral Health on Wheels. See the jccc-search above for details.
In Charles Bishop’s The Community’s College, he describes the first visit to Las Pintas in May of 1998: “In 1998, [Carolyn] Kadel also organized the first major international service learning venture to Las Pintas, Mexico, and a dozen students and six JCCC staff helped construct a portion of a community center and brought needed shoes, medical supplies and technical asistance to this relatively poor community outside of Guadalajara.”
Carolyn Kadel, a professor in Political Science, and two women from the Guadalajara area largely set the foundation for the successful, multi-year program. Dr. Carmen Rodriguez left a “good job and sold her car to open a clinic in Santa Rosa.” Santa Rosa was was the poorest area in Las Pintas. Martha Medina, an engineer, was working with Dr. Carmen to “set up a community development center to promote education and help residents help themselves.” This is from a 2011 information sheet, “Service Learning in Las Pintas.”
What We Don’t Know
Tell us if you recognize anyone in these pictures that we did not name.
We have no lists of people who traveled to Las Pintas from any of the annual trips.
If you were on any of these trips, your experiences are valuable. Were there any recorded interviews?
If You Know More…
Contact librarians: Anita Gordon Gilmore (firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 4369) or John Russell (email@example.com, ext. 3284). You may also comment below!