The point of reaching out is giving back, but the perspective gained in the process is priceless. Middle Childhood Education major Kristen Cooper is a perfect example. As a result of the Rural-Urban Collaborative, Kristen will graduate from the Patton College of Education with teaching experience in both rural and urban classrooms. This initiative among The Patton College and sister institutions in the state provides student teaching opportunities in both rural and urban K-12 schools. The program ensures the quality and diversity of students' experiences so they graduate with exceptional versatility – and a commitment to inspiring community. With a history of responding to public need as our foundation, we continue to embrace the promise we've made to our neighbors by expanding partnerships that inspire communities in the region.
The College of Osteopathic Medicine's Community Health Programs, for example, deliver health information and education, screenings and access to medical services either free or at very low cost. In 2008 alone, these programs administered more than 8,500 vaccines, screened 1,200 people for diabetes and provided 2,000 hours of childcare.
Ohio University's regional campuses further strengthen our focus on outreach. A young child with cerebral palsy now experiences the joy and exhilaration of riding a horse thanks to the Center for Therapeutic Riding at the Southern Campus' Ohio Horse Park. The empowering nature of the activity builds confidence and nourishes growth in our students, as well as those who benefit from our commitment.
You can encourage community by sponsoring one of the many child development centers on our campuses. Strengthen entrepreneurship and competitiveness in Appalachia with a donation to the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Make a pledge to Kids on Campus so that children have a safe and healthy space to explore after school.
Give to the greater good.