Six Ways Students Plan to Improve Our Community

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For Immediate Release: March 16, 2017

Contact: Nora Murray (336) 370-8307
Media Desk (336) 574-5730

Six Ways Students Plan to Improve Our Community
Middle school students awarded service-learning grants from local Rotary Clubs

Greensboro, N.C. – GCS middle school students have plans to make their communities a little better. This morning, six student groups from four middle schools were awarded grants from local Rotary Clubs to implement service-learning projects of their own design.

The students from Allen Middle, Ferndale Middle, Northeast Middle and Southern Middle worked to identify a need in their school community or community and lead a service-learning experience where they use knowledge and skills from the classroom to benefit others.

Local Rotary Clubs awarded the six groups grants for $300 each at the Gate City Rotary meeting Thursday morning.

The winning projects are:

* “Quinceañera Celebration”: Allen Middle students will work to engage their peers and the community to bring awareness to Hispanic culture and traditions that are practiced in different parts of Latin America.

* “Compassion for Homelessness in High Point”: Ferndale Middle students will work to show their compassion for those who are homeless in High Point by developing care packages to assist in their time of need.

* “Building a Sustainable Reading Community”: Northeast Middle students will address the need for building a sustainable reading community by using technology resources to for reading groups and encourage family reading nights.

* “Helping Children with Terminal Illness”: Southern Middle students will investigate and research the most prevalent childhood illnesses. Students will then work to bring awareness and partner with Make-A-Wish Foundation to help children suffering from terminal childhood illnesses.

* “Addressing the Need to Stomp Out Food Deserts in Greensboro”: Allen Middle students will learn about food deserts, and how these deserts impact the community. Students will work to fight against food insecurities by developing a community garden.

* “Murals for Positivity, Inspiration, Diversity and Beautification at Ferndale”: Ferndale Middle students will enhance their school community by designing murals to inspire others and encourage diversity.

The four participating schools are also pilot schools for GCS’ middle school service learning program, in partnership with local Rotary Clubs.

About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, serves nearly 72,000 K-12 students at 127 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works alongside local parents, businesses and colleges to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. Guilford County is also a Say Yes to Education community, giving eligible GCS graduates the opportunity to apply for last-dollar tuition scholarships to attend any 2- or 4-year public institution in North Carolina. Combining choices to meet the individual educational needs for a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities makes our families say, “GCS, Yes!” For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com.

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