During the 2011-2012 academic year, Claflin University students logged in more than 42,000 hours of community service.
For the sixth consecutive year, the University was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest award a University can receive for its community service efforts.
“It speaks to the quality of our program and selfless dedication of our students who understand the importance of giving back,” said Carolyn Snell, assistant to the vice president of student development and director of career development.
Claflin was one of 15 institutions of higher learning in the state to make the Honor Roll, which was created in 2006 to recognize colleges and universities that demonstrate a commitment to community service. For each year of the Honor Roll’s existence, the number of participating University students and how many hours they served has dramatically increased.
This year, over 800 students engaged in community service with 46 agencies, including Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Club and the Family Health Center.
Student Government Association President Marcus Howard said students have been enthusiastic about engaging in community service.
“The student body at Claflin University has steadfastly shown their commitment to valuing people by taking their own time to participate in many forms of community service during the past year. We are determined to making an ever greater impact in our communities in the years to come.”