March 3, 2010

Kudos for Public Service

Tufts is named to the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, has named Tufts University to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its exemplary volunteer service.

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service and civic engagement. Honorees named to the honor roll are chosen based on scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service and the extent to which the school offers academic service learning courses.

Tufts was selected because of such programs as the Tisch College Citizenship and Public Service Scholars Program, in which Tufts students develop skills to become active leaders in community work; the Leonard Carmichael Society, which pairs student volunteers and coordinators with programs serving at-risk children and youth; and Jumpstart, which partners students with low-income, preschool and K-8 children to help them build literacy, language and social skills.

In addition, students from the Tufts School of Dental Medicine provided more than 10,000 hours of volunteer service at community health centers, prisons and military sites in Massachusetts and nine other states.

Tufts was one of 29 Massachusetts institutions named to the honor roll. Overall, the corporation honored six schools with Presidential Awards and named 115 as honor roll with distinction members and 736 schools as honor roll members.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that strengthens communities and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations.

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