On Friday, November 8th, a Call of Duty: Black Ops tournament was held in Stone Center to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
The tournament was the brainchild of Dr. Teresa Reed’s Honors English class, EH 103-002. This specific English course contains a service learning component; students were put into random groups in which they had to create philanthropic ideas specifically to benefit the military (active duty, veterans, dependent families, etc.).
In EH 103, one of the assigned readings was Tim O’ Brien’s “The Things They Carried,” which is the work that inspired the military-themed service projects.
Following the creation of three service project ideas, these groups were instructed by Dr. Reed to make a written proposal for the best service project of the three ideas. The winning idea, of course, was the Call of Duty tournament.
With the collaborative efforts of Dr. Reed’s class and the History Club, the tournament raised nearly $350, and the winner of the tournament was Dustin Johnston.
Dr. Reed said that the most difficult part for her was “to stay as hands-off as possible. The students made the decisions.”
The only time Dr. Reed mentioned stepping in on the student-run project was to make sure that the event stayed on campus. “I wanted it to be a campus event,” Dr. Reed said. She said no to a local business hosting the event and decided that an on-campus event would show JSU pride and attract more of the student body.
Dr. Reed, her class, and the JSU History Club would like to thank Dean Earl Wade for allowing the use of Stone Center for the event.
The Wounded Warrior Project began after the events of September 11, 2001. It is a Veterans service organization devoted to a simple mission: “To honor and empower Wounded Warriors.”
The WWP’s vision is to “foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.” The WWP creates unique programs and services tailored to meet the needs of injured servicemen and women, and also allows veterans to help each other, all on the foundation of donations provided by the public. For more information, the WWP has a website: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Dr. Reed also mentioned another philanthropic activity that her 11:15 Honors English class came up with. “Operation Care Package,” which was held from October 30th to November 13th, allowed students to donate items to build care packages for soldiers overseas. These packages were made specifically for Active Duty personnel.
On December 2nd, the care packages will be shipped for free to Saudi Arabia with the help of Will Young. Young is the son-in-law of Gena Christopher, an English instructor at JSU.
Dr. Reed says that this semester for her has been “nervewracking, because it’s teaching and planning at the same time. It’s hard, because I can’t solve all of [my students’] problems.”
This project-based learning has been very exciting for both Dr. Reed and her Honors students, as it combines writing skills, knowledge, research, and critical thinking. Dr. Reed says that she enjoyed the projects to support the military, and would love to challenge her future students to create beneficial philanthropic ideas.