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Queens Sophomore Lauren Hooper Honored for Her Work in the Community

imageLauren Hooper smiles for a picture with North Carolina Campus Compact Executive Director Dr. Lisa Keyne.
11/07/13 -  

Lauren Hooper, a sophomore at Queens University of Charlotte, has received a 2013 Community Impact Student Award. Given by North Carolina Campus Compact, an association of colleges and universities committed to fostering campus-community engagement, the award recognizes one outstanding student on each campus for making a difference in the community. Hooper is one of 19 students across the state who was honored.

Hooper is involved with many service activities, but she is especially committed to working at Sedgefield Elementary, a local Title I school. After she was introduced to the school through a class project, Hooper went on to found the Sedgefield Garden Club, a group of Queens volunteers who visit Sedgefield each week to work with students in the afterschool program, maintain the school garden and deliver fun lessons on healthy eating. Hooper also helps plan the MLK Day of Service, and she's part of a group working to bring school supplies to Cameroon Africa. An International Studies Major, Hooper is from Augusta, GA.

"Lauren puts smiles on the faces of the kids she works with at Sedgefield," says Pat Taft, director of Queens' center for active citizenship. "She's making an impact on them, and they are making an impact on her."

Hooper was honored at North Carolina Campus Compact's annual student conference on November 2 at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. Now in its 20th year, more than 175 student leaders from 27 campuses in three states attend.

North Carolina Campus Compact is a statewide association of nearly 40 colleges and universities that seek to develop civically-engaged students and strengthen communities. Presidents and chancellors commit their institutions to being "engaged campuses" that enhance a student's sense of responsibility, citizenship and leadership, and impact the community by partnering with local organizations to address real needs.

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