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1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
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322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702
Service Leadership Program
As part of the service learning initiative at the University of Idaho, many College of Education students contribute their time and energies to local organizations where they can make a difference in people’s lives. Their goal is to support individuals through education and to learn valuable lessons in leadership along the way. Faculty members believe that these important leadership qualities can only be gained through hands-on work and positive interactions with peers, teachers, and community members. Recently, Coeur d’Alene faculty Cherie Major’s Elementary Education Social Studies Methods students recently completed a project with Post Falls seventh-graders, spreading the powerful “Not Even Once” message, in support of the Idaho Meth Project.
The Idaho Meth Project was launched in January 2008 as a large-scale prevention program aimed at reducing methamphetamine use among Idaho’s youth through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach. This campaign is particularly important because Idaho ranks seventh in the country for lifetime meth use by high school students. The need for education among Idaho teens is high.
As part of this project, College of Education student Jessica Peebles and her classmates, presented information about the extremely harmful effects of methamphetamines to a group of Post Falls students. In addition to a lecture, Peebles and the group worked with the kids to create canvas grocery bags with the message "Not Even Once" designed on the front. The bags were then sold locally to support the Idaho Meth Project.
According to prevention experts, reducing meth use among teens and young adults will have a measurable impact on the number of people who need assistance with drug treatment and recovery later in life. Since July 2007, the state of Idaho has spent nearly $500,000 every month on methamphetamine-related treatment, representing more than 40% of the state’s total drug and alcohol treatment dollars.
“I really am glad we had this opportunity to teach the children, as well as benefit the Idaho Meth Project, and hopefully, prevent some young people from experimenting with this dangerous drug,” said Peebles. “I also learned how rewarding it is to give back to your community. The children really enjoyed decorating the bags, and I think it would be fair to say that they all learned something about what meth is and what it can to do them.
For her contribution, Peebles was named the Idaho Meth Project March Volunteer of the Month. University elementary education students in Coeur d’Alene have been practicing service learning for several years.
“Service learning is one way to teach and apply the concepts of social justice for both the college students and the seventh graders,” said Peebles professor, Cherie Major. “A key component of service learning is reflection that can emerge as a transformative experience. Transformative learning is a process of going beyond knowledge to changed behavior in some meaningful way. If this year’s service learning project stops one teen from trying meth, we have more than achieved our goal. It is my hope that our University of Idaho education students put into practice service learning in their future classrooms.”
“It’s interesting to the children to have fresh, new, and eager people instructing them, said seventh-grade teacher Dona Pettoello. “The novel change in curriculum is much appreciated as well. I know that the lessons have an impact on the students, because I’m constantly fielding questions about how much we made on the bookmarks, holiday cards, or this year, the green bags. My hope is we can continue this collaboration for years to come. All students, college age and middle school, benefit by working together.”
Cherie Major, Coeur d’Alene College of Education faculty member, College of Education student, Jessica Peebles, and other College of Education students