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Bonner Scholar Lindsey Daniel learned value of Camp Casey|
2017-03-17 - Adair County Primary Center, 158 Col. Casey Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, Columbiamagazine.com(c) .
Lindsey Wilson Bonner Scholar Lindsey Daniel of Russell County, KY, told those in attendance at the March 16, 2017, meeting of the Adair County Board of Education how important the work of the Camp Casey program is. "She volunteers in Camp Casey and the impact of that program is what she credits for educating her to the needs of our communities children," Dana Harmon, Camp Casey Director, said. "Unlike the Family Resource Center, 21stCCLC CAMP CASEY addresses the academic needs of our students throughout school time programs before and after school and in the summer. After school students get a snack and during the summer they get hot breakfast and lunch through the USDA school meals program."
Director Harmon shared the words Lindsay Daniels spoke at the Thursday, 17 Mar 2017 Adair County School Board session:
"Prior to serving at Camp Casey, I wasn't aware that 27% of Adair County residents are living in poverty. However, when a little girl was caught sneaking a leftover Rice Krispies treat into her backpack just so she would have something for dinner, I saw that statistic in action. I wasn't aware that only 15.9% of residents have college degrees, But that was brought to life for me when I learned that the assistance I provide during homework help is the only way that a child will learn how to spell words like "cat, dodge, truck. . . Through serving at Camp Casey, I've been inspired to pursue a career in counseling to ensure that future students know that they are worthy of being invested in. The future of this community lies in the hands of the students that we serve on a day-to-day basis. Only 75% of the residents in Columbia graduate high school or have a GED, but the encouragement, attention and example we exhibit to the students at ACPC could inspire them to to recognize the importance of attending college and giving back. While it is understood that we are there to inspire the students, it is actually the students who are inspiring us to continue making a difference."
Lindsay R. Daniel, Lindsey Wilson College, Class of 2019
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