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Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships staff from the U.S. Department of Educationand the Corporation for National and Community Service(CNCS) participated in the United Way Education Town Hallon March 31, 2001 in Washington, D.C. The event was held at Trinity University, and brought together students, teachers, nonprofit and business leaders, and education advocates, and representatives from government.

The Service News Digest is a regular feature on the Serve.Gov blog. In this series, we showcase news highlights that feature national service and Corporation for National and Community Service programs. Take a look at some of the great stories that had people talking recently.

The Service News Digest is a regular feature on the Serve.Gov blog. In this series, we showcase news highlights that feature national service and Corporation for National and Community Service programs. Take a look at some of the great stories that had people talking recently.

I woke up one morning last week with the joyful cadence of Creole still playing in my head, having spent the night before celebrating the Foster Grandparents and AmeriCorps Members who serve with Jefferson Park Ministries (JPM).

The White House is kicking off a special series called “Champions of Change: Winning the Future Across America.” Throughout this series we will be profiling Americans whose work is helping our country rise to the many challenges of the 21st century.

Last week in these pages, we introduced the citizen-scientist movement. But what actually goes on in a school where students use the skills they learn in school to solve local problems? At a small Appalachian high school, students use service-learning to become active and informed citizen-scientists.

With an exploding senior citizen population and a shrinking tax base, the government of South Korea sees government-sponsored national service as a valuable supplement to government assistance for its citizens in need. On March 30th, 2010, South Korea’s Minister of Health and Welfare, Dr. Soo Hee Chin, along with high-level officials from other South Korean social service agencies, visited CNCS to meet with CEO Patrick A. Corvington and talk about national service.

The tornados that ripped through Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia last week were the deadliest in 37 years, causing nearly 350 deaths and billions in damages. And while much of this inconceivable destruction is concentrated in the southern U.S., the powerful images of the devastated communities have made a great and lasting impression on the rest of America.

America’s greatness is built not just on our laws and our leaders, but on our fundamental belief in fairness and merit. The promise of America is that people from all backgrounds have the ability to become great leaders and to achieve excellence.

What do you get when you send two novices to New Orleans to visit 11 immersion learning sites in 3 days? You have a mad dash of food, sights, smells, and one-way streets, all accompanied by a GPS unit with a British accent.

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