The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Service News

October 3, 2011

Stanly Community College concludes operation ‘Thank You, Soldier’

Monday, October 3, 2011 — A 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance Ceremony was recently held on the Albemarle campus of Stanly Community College (SCC).  This project was initiated by SCC’s Service Learning Division to honor the men and women of our armed forces serving overseas.

Students taking classes in Human Services, Criminal Justice and Student Government Association members packed and shipped care packages to these brave soldiers currently fighting for our nation’s freedom. All items for the care packages were donated by SCC faculty, staff and students.

The Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance was established into law by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009, and is consistent with President Obama’s overall call to service – United We Serve.

This year, which marked the 10th anniversary of that tragic event, more than one million Americans served in their communities in honor of 9/11. Service projects ranged from food drives and neighborhood cleanups to preparing care packages similar to the SCC project.

SCC President, Dr. Brenda Kays and Coordinator of Student Life & Leadership, Melody Braswell welcomed faculty, staff and students to the ceremony.

The speaker and special guest was Air Force Chaplain Jeff Kidd, who shared a presentation of the humanitarian assistance provided by military efforts overseas. Chaplain Kidd presented an American flag to Dr. Kays and Braswell as a token of appreciation for the college’s support of overseas armed forces.

“I am very proud of the generosity displayed by our SCC students, faculty and staff,” stated Dr. Kays. “The college community felt privileged to be the recipient of a flag flown during a U.S Combat Mission in Afghanistan. Chaplain Kidd’s message was extremely poignant and reminded all of us that our troops are faced with constant peril as they strive to protect America and its citizens.”

The West Stanly Air Force Junior ROTC presented colors and led in the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.  SCC Instructor, Dan Wray, provided the closing prayer and words of blessing for the recipients of the care packages.

Melody Braswell also commented, “I am so impressed by our SCC family each year that we complete this project. They always express such an eagerness to serve and do for others – it is an honor to work with such a great group of people.”

For more information on Service Learning at SCC, please visit our website at

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