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Grand County students find ways to make a difference

To the Editor:

On Sunday, May 18, students and the community gave the Panthers den a “face-lift.” The day was coordinated by students participating in the Grand County Center 4 Excellence (GCC4E) as part of their class project on Leadership and Community Development.

The day began for some of the students and volunteers at 8 a.m. and wasn’t over until about 5:30 p.m. Numerous community folks and youngsters came by during the day to watch and find out what was going on.

Students were originally planning to take a trip to Jackson, Miss., to learn about community development and leadership from Dr. John M. Perkins. The decision to stay here locally and learn about these topics created an opportunity for the students to look locally at their community, its development and leadership, and to find a way that they themselves could make a difference. Before starting on the Panther Den project, GCC4E students had already begun a clean-up/outreach project at Granby Jones and conducted a panel interview about leadership with District Judge Mary Hoak.

During Sunday’s project, students were evaluated on a number of course-related tasks including their ability to observe the objective, empower others, and overcome adversity. In addition, students pulled together a number of community residents along with peers who had to complete various forms of community service hours.

The GCC4E is planning to work alongside Grand Youth Adventures and the Granby Recreation Department to create and offer a number of summer youth programs that will combine outdoor activities, academic pursuits, community service/volunteer opportunities and youth employment.

Special thanks to Ian’s Bakery, City Market, GYA, the adult volunteers and all those who came out to assist. If you would like to find out more about summer youth activities, employment or talented and gifted academic programming, call Larry, (970) 509-0504.

Lawrence Norman