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Queens Receives Prestigious Governor's Medallion Award

imageQueens student helps beautify Sedgefield Elementary School
By Lisa Nowak 04/23/13 -  

Queens University of Charlotte received the Governor's Medallion Award at the Governor's Executive Mansion in Raleigh. Given out to only 20 organizations in the state each year, the award recognizes outstanding volunteer service and stewardship.

The award is a testament to Queens' long history and motto of "non ministari sed ministare." From mission trips to Guatemala, music therapy at Carolinas Specialty Hospital and helping to collect food to feed the homeless, Queens motto is central to life all across campus.  

Recently, the university has come together to support Sedgefield Elementary School. This work caught the attention of the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service and lead to a Governor's Medallion Award.

"We are very honored to be a Governor's Medallion Award recipient," said Pat Taft, director of the Center for Active Citizenship. "I am so proud of all of the Queens students for their hard work and many volunteer hours served."   

Over the past year, Queens has sent volunteers to Sedgefield five days a week to serve as mentors, lunch buddies and tutors. In addition to quality time spent in the classroom, Queens has made a difference at Sedgefield in many other ways:   

  • The lacrosse team has spent hours of time in the media center with a goal to reorganize it and provide kids with the opportunity to take additional accelerated reading tests.
  • Queens students hosted a panel discussion at parents' night where they provided vital information about the importance of college.
  • The freshman class took on the Sedgefield Elementary garden as its project.  They helped to host "Beautification Day" where more than 100 volunteers built eight gardens, eight picnic tables and three compost bins. Since then, volunteers have worked with the kids during the afterschool program to maintain the garden while teaching them about healthy living.
  • The Health and Wellness Center collected and donated more than 650 books to Sedgefield so each child could own a book.

"Queens has provided volunteers that are both dedicated and supportive, and it is a joy to watch them build strong relationships with our students," said Principal Ivy Gill. "We are incredibly grateful to the entire Queens community for coming together to improve the lives of the children we serve."

The Governor's Medallion Award comes on the heels of receiving the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, an annual award that highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

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