Students complete weekend at La Casa Latina Oct. 9

Students complete weekend at La Casa Latina Oct. 9 Eight students from The University of South Dakota, along with two students from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA, completed a day of service Oct. 9 at La Casa Latina in Sioux City.

The students were accompanied by three Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps*VISTA members (Volunteers in Service to America) from both campuses, as well as two community members. The event was organized through USD's Student Action Office, which offers alternative breaks of service for students throughout the year.

La Casa Latina is an organization providing a variety of services that address the issues of language and cultural barriers. Their mission is "to empower Latino people to become participating members of the Siouxland community."�The participants of the project volunteered over 50 hours of work.�

Some students practiced conversational English with clients, while others worked in various capacities to support the Madres y Ni�os program, serving over 50 mothers and their children by teaching them about local customs and services. As La Casa Latina's space is small, the students worked to remodel the space and prepare instructional materials for toddlers.

The Student Action Office works to identify and promote community needs that can be met by students through service learning.�By connecting USD students and faculty to community agencies, the SAO empowers students to make their own connections with the world around them for greater knowledge of their community, appreciation of differences, and commitment to civic participation.

The partnership with Morningside College is a new connection made through two AmeriCorps*VISTA members.

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