The Communication Graduate Student Association, CGSA, demonstrates their commitment to community service by organizing service days each year to benefit students and staff of Crockett Elementary school in Phoenix. The Hugh Downs School's undergraduate student organization, the Association of Human Communication (AHC), also participate with CGSA in the projects.
This year’s fall 2013 project was to landscape the interior courtyard of Crockett Elementary with new trees to create a park-like environment for students to enjoy. The enthusiastic landscaping team consisted of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, parents and friends serving as landscape designers, tree deliverers, post-hole diggers, and tree planters.
The service projects selected in March 2012 were painting an 86 foot long mural, designed by HDSHC doctoral alum and instructor Karen Stewart, and helping inventory and organize the teachers' resource room. The AHC also collected children's books to donate to the school's library.
In October 2012, the two projects selected consisted of organizing the resource room for the school’s clothing and household items it provides to families in need and conducting a clothing and household item drive to collect items for the family resource room. Often, the families receive financial aid for food, but household items and clothes are not funded. The group also collected hangers for the clothing and purchased clothing racks to display and store the items.
The spring 2013 service project was to design and paint a mural inside the cafeteria/assembly room to create a cheerful atmosphere for the students. The CGSA, AHC, and faculty volunteers spent two weekends in March cleaning, preparing, and painting the mural on the wall. Karen Stewart, HDSHC doctoral alum and instructor, created the design and color scheme for the project.
Crockett Elementary is an under-funded elementary school in downtown Phoenix that serves African refugees, homeless, and under-privileged children. Crockett has a student population of 485 with 100% receiving free breakfast and lunch.
The relationship between the Hugh Downs School and Crockett Elementary is an investment in kids who will be future ASU students, helps get undergraduate students into the classroom, and opens doors for research.