Lewis University student Adrienne Gonzales of Bolingbrook recently received the 2013 Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her volunteer contributions during her history internship last year at Naper Settlement in Naperville. She earned the Bronze Level designation for her 150 hours of volunteerism.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award program was granted by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, which recognizes volunteer contributions to communities and promotes more service. The award applauds and honors Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
While participating in the History Internship Program at Lewis University over the spring and summer, Gonzales gave tours for school and summer camp groups, as well as senior citizens and young families, explaining the history that resides within the outdoor museum that is Naper Settlement. As a major in history, the experience taught her how much she enjoys working with and teaching the middle school age group about history.
“I greatly enjoyed my time interning at Naper Settlement as I developed more confidence in my public speaking skills, adapted lessons and learned to think on my feet,” said Gonzales. “All of these skills will help me succeed as a teacher in the classroom. Naper Settlement has helped me grow as an educator.”
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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