TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (November 21, 2012) - Students in class 012 of Tallahassee Community College's Tallahassee Fire Academy are proving that an education is about more than course work.
In addition to 450 hours of course work, the soon-to-be graduates have also learned the importance of giving back to the community.
“We require the students to develop a community service project in order to instill a strong sense of servant leadership and civic responsibility,” said Melvin Stone, Tallahassee Fire Academy Director. “The project reinforces the meaning of community involvement, raises awareness regarding those who are less fortunate and it allows them to be actively engaged in a humanitarian initiative.”
Under Stone’s leadership, each class is required to organize a class project in which it raises money to present to a local charity. While Stone serves as a guide throughout the project, the students have final say in what the fundraising event will be and where the proceeds will go.
On November 4, Class 012 held a car wash at Cody’s Restaurant in Tallahassee and raised $1,810.77 to support three initiatives. According to Stone, an additional $320 was raised after the fund raiser, bringing the total to $2,130.77.
The students presented $1,320 to the American Red Cross for the victims of Hurricane Sandy and $500.00 to the North Florida Burn Camp/Camp Amigo. The remaining $310.77 will be presented to Mrs. Rita Williams Dudley, an employee at Tallahassee Community College’s Florida Public Safety Institute, who is terminally ill with cancer.