Service Learning Trips - Alabama 2011
In July 2011, a TEAC disaster relief team consisting of eight Temple Medical students traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to assist the ongoing clean-up effort required after devastating tornadoes ripped through the town on April 27, 2011. Our team worked through the organization Give Tuscaloosa to be placed at a variety of sites throughout the week. Activities included preparing a plot of land for a community garden, organizing clothes and other goods in a distribution warehouse, scrubbing volunteer kitchens, packing backpacks for school children and maintenance work for Tuscaloosa One Place, a local job and family services organization. We were grieved to see the destruction wrought by the tornadoes, but we were heartened by the optimism for the future and the great generosity that was displayed in the community. One of the biggest sources of hope in the town of Tuscaloosa finds its home in the Bryant-Denny Stadium, where the University of Alabama Crimson Tide "rolls" over its opponents. One of our team members was even converted into a fan! The trip to Tuscaloosa facilitated an incredible service learning opportunity, where our team could not only provide assistance to those affected by the tornados, but also learn about the many public health needs encountered in the aftermath of a disaster. Roll Tide!