Summer program encourages volunteerism in high school students


Student volunteer Caroline Rish taught a watercolor painting class to elementary students.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM.

While working with the 21st Century Summer Enrichment Program, Julie Hodges, art teacher at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School, applied for a grant through volunteer Florida and Franklin County’s Promise Coalition and received the Best Neighboring Grant. 

The grant was awarded to encourage development and execution of original ideas and the importance of volunteerism in area high school students.

Hodges saw an opportunity to combine the summer art program with the centennial events that celebrated the 100th birthday of Port St. Joe.

The high school volunteers included Caroline Rish, Miles Otwell, Coy Burke and Elizabeth Sapp.

They represented grades 9-12.

“The program encourages the volunteers to gain confidence in themselves,” said Hodges. “They present their ideas and then have to follow through.”

While Hodges supervised the art project and provided ideas when necessary, the students were encouraged to lead the group of youngsters in the execution of the project.

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