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February 6, 2013

Students in ACES program provide service to Wichita community


ACESFifteen students in Cowley College’s Academic Civic Engagement through Service (ACES) organization recently took part in Food Handlers classes at the Wichita Health and Environmental Center prior to helping with the set up, meal preparation and clean up at The Lord’s Diner in Wichita.

The Lord’s Diner is a faith-based charity that serves dinner nightly from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays. The Lord’s Diner is currently serving an average of 425 meals nightly at the downtown location, and 150 meals nightly at the south Hillside location - 30 percent of which are families.

Members of the ACES organization, along with sponsor James Fry, will take part in a Food Packaging event on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Wichita’s Kansas Coliseum.

Along with Fry, the following students helped at The Lord’s Diner. Ashley Randel, Michelle Andersen, Allison Anderson, A.J. Ramirez, Haley Cook, Craig Cropek, Aaron Peterson, Will Weeks, Tovar Rendi, Alex Hanna, Andrew Shipley, Dan Richardson, Mariah Regier, and Simon Benck.

The ACES Program involves active participants in the local community, selflessly giving of their time and talents. They are not just volunteers, but students with a unique opportunity to challenge themselves outside the realm of academia. Connections are made (through reflection logs, journals, class presentations, meeting with instructors and meetings with other students) between classroom work and work in service. The group also takes an active role in teaching others—in their classes, in their friendships and in their communities.

The ACES program is dedicated to helping students get the most out of their education and emphasizes learning through life experience, providing students with the opportunity to test the skills they are learning outside the classroom setting. At the same time students will be providing an invaluable service to the community.

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