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HOMETOWN RELEASE: Georgetown Residents Participate in UT Tyler Service Learning Project

March 24, 2011

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler

Cecily Cutler and Tiffany Herron, both of Georgetown, were two of nine education students at The University of Texas at Tyler who participated in a joint service learning trip to Punta Gorda, Belize earlier this month, Dr. William Geiger, College of Education and Psychology dean, announced.

Joining eight students from Baylor University, the UT Tyler group visited with teachers and worked with students in rural area schools.

“Students returned with a deep appreciation for the Belizean people and a new understanding of education in underdeveloped countries,” said Dr. Peggy Gill, UT Tyler professor of educational leadership and policy studies, who served as a co-organizer.

Dr. Wes Hickey, UT Tyler associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies, also traveled with the group as a co-organizer.

“Although Dr. Hickey and I have been working in Belize for several years, this trip was the most amazing ever,” Gill added. “To see UT Tyler students engaging in conversations with Belize teachers was very powerful. Our students fell in love with the children and the children fell in love with them. We will definitely continue offering this trip.”

This cooperative effort between the two universities was sponsored by “Teachers for a Better Belize,” which has been working within Belize schools for more than 10 years.

UT Tyler students brought story books and demonstrated an Interactive Read-Aloud in every classroom. They also had the opportunity to spend time with local Peace Corps Volunteers, who also work in these schools.

For more information, contact Gill, 903.565.5675 or PGill@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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