Fairfax County Library Recognizes Center for Service and Leadership

Posted: April 15, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Every year, George Mason’s Center for Service and Leadership (CSL) sends student volunteers out into the community for service learning. This year, CSL got something back–a Community Service Partner Award from Fairfax County Public Library’s (FCPL) Library Board.

With its philosophy that community services enhances learning and learning enhances community service, CSL has been a longstanding partner with many community organizations and institutions.

“Since 1997, the George Mason Center for Service and Leadership has provided more than 20 undergraduate ‘service-learners,’ both academic interns and volunteers, to the library,” says Edwin Clay III, FCPL director. He explains that the Community Service Partner Awards are presented to organizations that make outstanding service contributions to the Fairfax County Public Library community and are given in celebration of National Volunteer Month.

George Mason students have volunteered their time helping with literacy programs as well as hosting workshops and courses on computer literacy for members of the community. They have also provided general support services to the library.

The Center for Service and Leadership, led by Lynn Leavitt, director, and Heather Hare, assistant director, offers many volunteer and experimental learning opportunities for students. Among other things, the center organizes alternative spring break service learning trips each year.

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