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APSU 1000 class raises money to help Child Learning Center improve playground


Students in the APSU 1000 class taught by Lynette Taylor present a ceremonial check Nov. 14 to Connie Sanders (standing behind check in the middle), director of the APSU Child Learning Center, to help with playground improvements. (Photo by Jennifer Oliphant, APSU Public Relations and Marketing)

When freshmen and new students begin their academic careers at Austin Peay State University, they take a course known as APSU 1000 to learn more about the University, their majors and resources on campus.

One APSU 1000 class, though, decided to take their classroom experience to another level. On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the students presented a $320 check to the APSU Child Learning Center (CLC) for playground improvements.

Students in the class, taught by Lynette Taylor who oversees the University’s disability services office, decided to pursue a service-learning project and researched a number of possibilities before deciding to help the CLC.

“They voted on it after spending time discussing other possible projects,” said Taylor, adding that the class held a penny drive in October to raise funds for the CLC.

Connie Sanders, director of the Child Learning Center, said the students’ efforts will help to make the playground improvements become a reality.

“We held a book fair in September, and that helped, but we would still be working on this project if it weren’t for these students,” she said. - Dr. Melony Shemberger