Saturday, November 15, 2008

Upperclassmen denied service hours previously promised; Lamb apologizes.

Four days ago Lee students were told that they could receive up to 20 service learning hours this Christmas by packing Operation Christmas Child boxes. Today, students were e-mailed an apology from the Leonard Center, noting that the offer only stood for freshman GST students.

"The e-mail you received...was incorrect," William Lamb, director of field experiences at the Leonard Center, wrote. "It was an oversight on my part. We are not able to approve credit for filling Christmas shoe boxes at this time."

In retrospect, the Just ReLEEsed e-mail was a terrific way to motivate students to start making gift boxes. Even after pulling the plug on the program for upperclassmen, those left with ten boxes and miscellaneous objects to fill them with will no doubt continue to complete and seal up the gifts for collection and distribution.

Although, if the same stunt makes an appearance next year, I wouldn't expect many students to believe it the second time around.

Lamb concludes his message with a "thank you" to students who continue to serve those in need, however, reminding us that Christmas isn't about getting. It's about giving.

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