Written by: Candace Rose

If you’re interested in volunteering and bettering the lives of local children, the Student Alabama Education Association might be the club for you!

The UAH chapter of SAEA began as a pre-professional campus organization for education majors looking to connect to their state to make a difference. Now, the SAEA opens its arms to students of every major and seeks to reach out to local children to expose them to new learning experiences. As the organization grows under the leadership of Dr. Monica Dillihunt and President Jessica Gore, more opportunities arise to make a difference in the lives of children in the Huntsville area.

According to the UAH SAEA website, “The organization’s purpose is to make pre-service teachers more aware of their role, issues, and problems in education.” Essentially, the organization provides a space for education students to meet others and partner up with interested parties to commit to community outreach. Some past projects include painting murals at University Place Elementary, Auburn’s Outreach to Teach program, and Camp Autism Smiles attendance.

Currently, the SAEA has several events planned for this semester such as a Praxis Workshop, a School Supply Drive, and Midterm and Final Exam Study Sessions for UAH students of any major. More events are in the works, and the SAEA hopes to see you in meeting soon!

Members will be updated about volunteer opportunities and meeting via e-mail communication. If you are interested in joining, please e-mail saea@uah.edu with your name and any questions you may have. Membership to the SAEA amounts to $35 and an online application which can be found at http://www.myaea.org/be-active/join-aea-today/