Expressing appreciation to first responders has been selected as the service project for the 2016 Student Leadership Institute (SLI), sponsored by The Alabama Deans of Student Affairs Association. SLI will be held July 14 – 15, 2016 at the 4-H Center in Columbiana, AL.
First responders are employees of an emergency service who are likely to be among the first people to arrive at and assist at the scene of an emergency, such as an accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack. First responders typically include police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians. First responders must be trained to deal with a wide array of potential medical emergencies. Because of the high level of stress and uncertainty associated with the position, first responders must maintain physical and mental health.
The 2016 SLI service project will focus on expressing appreciation to first responders for their work. Each college is asked to assemble a gift basket containing snacks, small stuffed animals and notes of appreciation. Blank cards will be distributed at the ADSAA Summer Conference for students to use for the notes. The snacks are for the first responders and the stuffed animals are for children they encounter when responding to an emergency. Jefferson State Community College’s police officers will distribute the gift baskets to fire and police stations in the community surrounding the 4-H Center.
Pictured are the many stuffed animal donations given by Jefferson State employees. All campuses participated in the service project.