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Citadel News Service
20 Oct 2011

Cadets lend a hand at public housing after school program

From the Housing Authority of the City of Charleston

An afterschool program held at one of the public housing sites owned by The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston has been receiving assistance from one of its closest neighbors.

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Javion Woodard gets after school help from Cadet Cpl. Jessica Sanborn and Cadet Cpl. Colin Twohib. The cadets are two of 15 volunteering at the Gadsden Green housing complex as part of The Citadel's service learning program.

Gadsden Green, a public housing complex situated in the shadow of The Citadel and at which an after school/tutoring program is being administered, has been receiving help as of late from several cadets at the military college.

With help from Conway Saylor, coordinator of service learning at The Citadel, 15 cadets are participating in the program, which assists the children who currently reside in the complex with tutoring, reading skills, and computer proficiency.

"Giving a helping hand at the Gadsden Green after school program is something I look forward to every Wednesday," said Cadet Cpl. Jessica Sanborn. "Community service is more important to college and high school students than ever. Taking a little extra time from your day to help someone else may be all that person needs to succeed."

The program can be labeled as “win-win” because the cadets get satisfaction from helping others and they get academic credit.  At the same time, those younger students who take advantage of this opportunity also earn “Store Bucks” for attending the after school sessions. These “bucks” can go towards the purchase of things such as school supplies, sodas, and snacks from the Sarah Green Community Center Store located within the Gadsden Green complex, said Donald J. Cameron, president and CEO of the housing authority.

After school sessions currently runs Monday through Thursday and also includes time for participants to have fun playing board games, bingo and computer games. 

 

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