Monday, December 17, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Student Chapter of Council for Exceptional Children hosted a holiday-themed babysitting fundraiser Dec. 1 on campus in Old Main.
Westminster College education majors babysat 17 children ranging in ages from three to 11 years old. The day included a visit from Santa Claus, making gingerbread houses, Christmas crafting, and lots of games.
"The children genuinely enjoyed it," said Samantha Garrity, a senior early childhood/special education major. "Everyone left with smiles on their faces and in the holiday spirit, even us college students."
The Westminster Student Chapter's purpose is to advance the education of individuals with exceptionalities and to promote related educational, scientific, and charitable purposes. Specifically, the chapter assists and provides support to the Pennsylvania CEC state/provincial unit of the CEC in all its efforts on behalf of persons with exceptionalities. While membership is not limited to education majors, all the students who participated in the fundraiser were early childhood/special education majors.
"We encourage all majors who have a passion for children to seek membership. CEC is a wonderful organization to join, especially for education majors. Being that CEC is a strong and well recognized voice in special and gifted education, being able to say you are a member and an advocate for children as a college student is something really beneficial after graduation," Garrity said. "I look forward to continuing my CEC membership well into my teaching career. To be able to say it started here at Westminster is something I will always cherish."
Garrity is a daughter of Gregg and Linda Garrity of Bradford Woods and a graduate of North Allegheny High School.
"Being involved with CEC has opened so many doors," said Hope Schrott, a senior early childhood/special education major. "I have met incredible teachers and have also been able to present research at a state-wide conference. This is an organization that not only gives you wonderful experiences while in college but also opens many doors for the future and helps prepare you for what is to come."
Schrott is a daughter of John and Anita Schrott and a graduate of Mount Lebanon High School.
The mission of the Department of Education at Westminster College is to prepare early childhood/special education and secondary teachers who are distinguished by their subject matter knowledge, interpersonal capacities, pedagogical skills, and professional attitudes.
The Department of Education seeks to create a community of learners in which stimulating and challenging expectations are addressed in a positive, caring, and encouraging environment which is respectful of all individuals. The faculty seeks to model the personal attributes and pedagogical practices which distinguish the teaching profession at its best.
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About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.
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Westminster College students and Santa Claus at babysitting fundraiser. Front row (l-r): Erin Abbott, Emma Kohley, Leisel Martig, Brittany Pollack and Nichole Hardt. Santa: Dar Huey, professor of education. Back row (l-r): Kaitlyn Cerelli, Samantha Garrity, Kaitlyn Gida, Elizabeth Frambes, Hope Schrott, Kirsten Edmondson, Nicole Hoblak, Jessica Stearns and Leah Stas.