Community service is Rollins-teers tradition

By Kim Urquhart | Emory Report | Aug. 28, 2013

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Rollins-teers gather outside RSPH before heading out to multiple sites across the city for a day of volunteering. Emory Photo/Video.

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RSPH student Lauren Fink helps organize the library of an after-school program while volunteering with the Center for Pan Asian Community Services in Clarkston, Ga. Emory Photo/Video.

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RSPH students volunteer at the Clarkston Community Center gardens, helping to prepare for the next Clarkston Farmer's Market. Emory Photo/Video.

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Alek Shybut (right), vice president of Rollins Student Government Association, shares a laugh with incoming students. Emory Photo/Video.

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Rollins-teers. From left to right: Misha Bascombe, Nikita Malcolm and Janae Roberts. Emory Photo/Video.

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Service-learning is the first lesson students learn at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH). At the start of each new academic year, incoming students participate in an Orientation tradition, the Rollins-teer Day of Service. The 7th annual Rollins-teer Day on Aug. 27 saw more than 500 students volunteering at 24 community organizations at 26 locations around metro Atlanta, for a total of 1500 hours of service.  

"This was our largest and most successful Rollins-teer Day," says Kristin Unzicker, director of leadership and community engaged learning. "Rollins-teer Day provides the opportunity for us to be a good neighbor, and a great way for our students, staff and faculty to get to know each other and to get a firsthand look at some of the public health needs that exist in Atlanta."