LUMBERTON — A group of students from Carroll Middle School spent the first week of their summer vacation in Misenheimer at a student leadership institute hosted by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction at Pfeiffer University.
During the week of June 12 to June 15, Violeta Avila-Flores, Dreleke Bracey, Lauren Broadway, Demi Dowdell, Jaiden Ward and Ariana Wiley — all rising sixth graders at Carroll — participated in public speaking, leadership development and structured activities designed to prepare them to take active roles in their school and community through service experiences that were aligned to the curriculum. Sibyl King, their teacher, accompanied the children and served as their leadership mentor. Pfeiffer University provided a college mentor, Nijay Armstrong, to help as well.
While at Pfeiffer, the students developed their service learning project called “Suited for You.”
“We want to provide a suitcase or other personal bags for foster children or children in shelters to have to put their personal items in when and if they have to move,” Ward said.
Broadway added, “We already had the idea of the suitcases before we got to the institute, so when we got here Ms. King helped us with the name, and the institute helped us think about how we really wanted to help.”
The students are still deciding whether they will have fundraisers or ask for donations of gently used items. But for now, they remember what they learned and how they will use it to be better students in the classroom.
“I learned to listen to others more,” Dowdell said with a smile.
Avila-Flores noted that she will work on not being so shy and said, “I will speak up more.”