Spectators watch the firework show at Shanghai Disney during last year's Shanghai winter term trip. The Office of Service Learning is giving away two passes to Disney at the end of this semester.

The Office of Service Learning is giving students a chance to go to Disney World for meeting their 40 hour service requirement by the end of the semester. Two eligible students will be drawn from a raffle. Each lucky winner will receive a single-person, one day pass to Disney World.

Director of Service Learning Dr. Ronald Porter worked with Academic Service Learning Coordinator Neal Yates to organize this incentive program in order to encourage students to get the hours completed sooner rather than later.

“I want to make this clear. I don't want the Office of Service Learning to offer opportunities for service just because people can win a prize to go to Disney World,” Porter said. “This is about raising awareness to get more people involved in service.”

Porter urges students to look into RSL coursework prior to engaging in the co-curricular service events.

“Students know that they can and should ask their professors if they can work to complete the service learning requirement while they are in their Reflective Service Learning courses,” Porter said.

Partnered with over 100 organizations within the Tampa Bay area, the Office of Service Learning has programs for students of all backgrounds and interests to find meaningful involvement in.

Porter further explained that students have the opportunity during fall break to "Give Kids The World" in Kissimmee or take a fall break trip in Immokalee to focus on issues of farmer’s rights, hurricane relief and poverty.

Many of these Service Learning trips provide shuttles to the service locations.

“I of course love my fall break Immokalee trip because it’s fantastic. It really gets into the political issues we’re dealing with at this time,” Porter said.

Porter encourages students to stop by the Service Learning Fair at Fox Hall on Sept. 25 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. In order to be entered in the raffle, students must complete their hours by Dec. 7.


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