Part of what makes Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School such a special place for teachers to teach and for students to learn is the caring spirit of so many our Viper students and staff.
On August 10th, five Viper seniors received a Special Congressional Recognition from the office of Congressman Bill Posey, along with a certificate of appreciation for their efforts in volunteering for United Way's Summer "Feed and Read" Program, which benefits undernourished kids in Brevard County. The program is affiliated with The Children's Hunger Project and Face of Change, and provides lunch and food twice a week to children 18 and under.
In support of the Powell neighborhood in Melbourne, FL, some of Space Coast's brightest and hardest working students volunteered their time to participate in the program. The program involves providing families in need with nonperishable food items to take home, as well as a ready-to-eat lunch on the spot. As lunch is being served, volunteers like senior Catie Prudhomme help promote literacy by reading to young children.
Catie has volunteered with the program for each of the last two summers. "My favorite part is reading to the kids," said Catherine. "I was reading a story called Snow Buddies and every dog that was in the book, one kid kept saying, 'That's MY dog!' He was hilarious!"
|Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School senior Catie Prudhomme reads |
to a child as part of the Summer Read and Feed Program.
Picture from scwid.org.
For senior Bryan Santiago, the best part about volunteering was improving the quality of life for the young children the program serves. "The best part is seeing smiles on the kids' faces whenever you're reading to them."
Senior Amber Fitzpatrick reflected on the value of volunteering in the Summer Feed and Read Program. "I love helping people," said Amber. "I also love reading, and I like being able to share that with kids—especially kids that don't typically have a lot of books to read at home."
Children not only benefit from the joy of having volunteers read to them, but they also get to take a book home. "After we start reading a book with them, if they don't get a chance to finish it, they still get the opportunity to take the book home and finish it at their house," said Amber. "The book is theirs to keep. Every week, they can come in and get a new book."
For senior Will Prudhomme, this summer marked the fourth time participating in the Summer Feed and Read Program. "All the little kids seemed really excited about coming to get books. Every kid gets a book, a packed lunch, and a meal for dinner that is already packaged and ready to go."
|Viper seniors received Special Congressional Recognition |
for their role in promoting literacy in the local community.
"The best part was seeing people who don't have a lot of food get fed," said senior Brooke Stover. "Sitting down, interacting with everyone, playing with the kids was a lot of fun."
Space Coast Junior Senior High School is proud of the efforts of these Viper seniors to make a positive difference in the community. With their caring spirit and diligent work ethic, the sky is the limit for how successful they will be in the future.
For more information about this volunteer project, please visit Summer Feed and Read Program.
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