Students might continue volunteering

  • Follow Education

Volunteering at the Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care is proving to be an eye-opening experience for students at the nearby Academy of Richmond County.

Richmond Academy student JaQueria Rogers (left) sings Christmas carols with patients and other volunteers at Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care. She's glad that the International Baccalaureate program gives students a chance to volunteer in the community.  Staff
Staff
Richmond Academy student JaQueria Rogers (left) sings Christmas carols with patients and other volunteers at Jud C. Hickey Center for Alzheimer's Care. She's glad that the International Baccalaureate program gives students a chance to volunteer in the community.

Students in the school's International Baccalaureate program have to complete 150 hours of projects to meet IB's Creativity, Action, Service component.

Several have chosen to volunteer at the Hickey center for the "service" part of that requirement, but Ernest Williams and JaQueria Rogers, both 16 and juniors, said they don't necessarily plan to stop taking part when they have met the requirement.

"It will probably take me until March to get the hours, but maybe I'll keep coming until the end of the school term (in May)," JaQueria said. "I don't want to just stop."

Added Ernest: "I haven't picked a day when I would stop coming."

JaQueria has used a wheelchair most of her life. Her spinal cord was damaged during a car accident when she was 18 months old. She said that motivates her to help others.

"I know when people help me, I just think it's awesome they would take time out of their schedule for me," she said. "I want to be able to help others. I just can't walk, but I feel I can do the same as anyone else."

On Tuesday at the center, JaQueria and Ernest started their time helping Alzheimer's patients find the right page in a song book while the group sang Christmas carols.

Other tasks that Richmond Academy IB students perform include taking out the trash and helping set up -- or, depending on your viewpoint, disassemble -- projects for the clients.

Nancy Calfee, the center's director, explained that staff members ask clients to do certain activities, such as stuffing envelopes or wrapping up silverware.

To ensure that the clients can do the tasks again on another day, the student volunteers often undo that work -- unstuff the envelopes and unwrap the silverware -- out of the clients' sight.

"They do quite a bit of work," Calfee said. "I've been very pleased. Anything we ask them to do, they do. They're so willing."

Charlie Tudor, the IB dean at Richmond Academy, said the school tries to find projects that students can do in the community. The Hickey center is just down the road from the school on Baker Street.

"We wouldn't know opportunities like this existed if it wasn't for (IB's service requirement)," Ernest said.

Added JaQueria: "I'm glad they're allowing us to work here, beyond giving us what we need (for school). In life, it's not all about getting."

Comments (2) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
Asitisinaug
3
Points
Asitisinaug 12/01/10 - 01:33 am
0
0
Great program and students.

Great program and students.

JustMe
0
Points
JustMe 12/01/10 - 08:58 am
0
0
What a feel good story.

What a feel good story. Thanks to the kids participating in this worthwhile project.

Back to Top

Search Augusta jobs