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Strategic Comm Story

Strategic Comm Story

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Published by: Will Dempsey on Jun 11, 2013
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QueensLacrosseGivingBackWithmanyoftheQueensLacrosseteam’splayerscomingfromprivateschoolalongtheEastcoast,SedgefieldElementarywasanunfamiliarsite.Formanyoftheseplayers,SedgefieldElementarybecamemuchmorethanjustcommunityservicehours,itwasalearningexperience.WhenaskedabouttheirtimeatSedgefieldElementary,manyoftheplayersontheQueensUniversityofCharlotteMen’sLacrosseTeamdescribetheexperienceaseyeopening.Whiletakingabreakfromthebooksandpractice,theQueensUniversityofCharlotteMen’sLacrosseTeamoftenvolunteersatSedgefieldElementary.Theactivitiesinwhichthelacrosseteamparticipatesinrangefromplayingwiththechildrenatrecesstohelpingthechildrenwiththeirhomework.Aslacrosseplayersfileintotheclassrooms,SedgefieldElementarystudentseagerlyawaittheirvisitors.Sincethelacrosseteamhasbeentheremanytimesinthepast,somestudentsevenpointouttheirfavoriteplayersandcallthemoverbyname.Aftertheinitialorientationiscomplete,thegamesbegin.Keepingthestudentssettleddownmayprovetobeachallengeattimes,butthelacrosseteamisalwaysuptothetask.JuniordefensemenSeanForbesrecalledhowwildthestudenthewasworkingwithwasatfirst,butalsonotedthatwhentheyhitthebooksitwastimetolearn.“ThestudentsIworkedwithdidhavealotofenergy,butreallyseemedtoenjoyshowingmehowwelltheycouldread,”Seanrecalled.Asthelacrosseplayerspackuptoleave,thestudentsofSedgefieldElementaryarenotreadytoseetheirfriendsgo.Butastheyarequicklyreminded,theQueensUniversityofCharlottelacrosseplayerswillbebacknextweek.Thecommunityservicehoursmaybeasmallpartofwhatkeepstheseplayerscomingback,buttherelationshipsinwhichtheyhavedevelopedaretherealfactorthatcontinuestomakethelacrosseplayerswanttoreturntoSedgefieldElementary.CommunityservicehasalwaysbeenstressedatQueensUniversityofCharlotte.Aspartofthefulllearningexperience,webelievethatourstudentsshouldexperiencethecommunitysurroundingthem,andhaveachancetogiveback.MuchlikewhathappenedatSedgefieldElementary,thestudentsofQueensUniversityofCharlotte

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