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Gerontology Students Receive Award

April 6, 2011

College of Charleston


Brenda Sanders of the College of Charleston accepts a 2010 Community Partner Award for ongoing support of the SC Aging in Place Coalition by students of her Gerontology class.
Left to right: Janet Schumacher, Chairman – SCAIP, Kelley Hallmann, Chairman of Aging in Place Week and Brenda Sanders, Gerontology Class Instructor

A College of Charleston gerontology professor and her students have been recognized for making a difference in the Charleston community. Sociology Instructor Brenda Sanders accepted the 2010 Community Partner Award from the South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition for creating opportunities for gerontology students to serve seniors in the Lowcountry through internships, volunteer experiences and service learning opportunities.

Every gerontology student participates in a service-learning project. There are about 20 students in the gerontology class and they help with Respite Care Ministries which provides respite for caregivers of those with dementia or to act as drivers for ITN (Independent Transportation Network), a non-profit that provides transportation for senior citizens. In fact, junior Olivia Rothschild, who is currently enrolled in Aging and the Family, provided ITNCharlestonTrident’s 25,000th ride on February 25, 2011. The students also help with events during National Aging in Place week.

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