Community Services Consortium

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

CSC Employee Receives Award for Academic Excellence and Service

On June 13, CSC employee Carole Robinson was given the NAACP Rollie Smith Award for Academic Excellence and Service to the Youth and Community of Lebanon, Oregon.

Carole, a teacher out of our Lebanon office, was nominated because of her dedication and commitment to Lebanon-area youth. For example, Carole and her team partnered with Build Lebanon Trails and other community groups over the years to get youth involved in native plantings at several Lebanon parks and at Cheadle Lake. This gave the students hands-on experience in community service, while exposing them to science and the importance of environmental stewardship.

Many of the students in Carole's GED program classes were also involved in YouthBuild. Many of these youth saw school as irrelevant. Carole attended trainings on weatherization and electrical contracting to equip her to help students understand the importance of their studies to the trade, for example, creating math problems related to electrical and other contracting work.

"I think Carole’s biggest impact is that she simply does not give up on these at-risk youth. Even when others say the student cannot be reached, Carole perseveres, and in many cases, she has been able to motivate and equip these students to bring reading and math levels up several grade levels in a few short months, successfully completing their GEDs." said Deb Fell-Carlson, who nominated Carole for the award.

Congratulations Carole, and thank you for your hard work and dedication to making education relevant and exciting for at-risk youth!

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