Create a Food Pantry, Tutor At-Risk Students This Summer

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Volunteer Center of Greensboro is urging high school students in the Triad to consider applying for the service learning leadership camp this summer, as a means of giving back to the community while potentially gaining school credit for service hours.

Volunteer Center executive director Carley Swaim and volunteer coordinator Christopher Sifford said students who can apply must be entering grade nine, 10, 11 or 12 and have a vested interest in committing to one of four rewarding service activities.

One program entails spending time with and conducting activities--such as arts and crafts--with individuals with disabilities at ARC of High Point. Other programs include creating a food pantry at West End Ministries in High Point, working on a marketing campaign for Partners Ending Homelessness and mentoring at-risk students in the African-American Male Initiative.

Participating students can obtain as many as 66 hours of service learning credit through Guilford County Schools students' service learning program or college applications. Because of the potential for credit earned and resource funding required for the projects, Swaim explained students who did not apply for a scholarship (for which the deadline has passed) must pay a $200 fee. That fee, however, includes snacks for the duration of the camp.

The camp runs June 23 to July 17 from 8 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursdays. As many as 40 students can be accepted into the program.

View WFMY News 2 Good Morning Show segments, in which Meghann Mollerus received an inside look at the rewarding service learning opportunities.


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