Devynne Bruce, a Deep Run High School senior, was one of three summer interns who visited ARC over the two-week, hands-on portion of the overall five-week program. Devynne had the opportunity to work alongside ARC counselors and staff Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm, and participated in a variety of daily activities with the children.
What Devynne found most rewarding about her experience with ARC is that 'kids with disabilities could experience the same kinds of fun, enriching activities that we all like to experience.' She was especially gratified that the children really started opening up to her after only a few visits. 'It was really nice to see them smile and run up to greet me when I arrived. I love the environment. It was a very positive experience that really opened my eyes.'
One of the goals of the Institute is to teach participants how to deal with larger issues that affect our community. The program is also designed to bridge geographic and cultural gaps that often exist between area seniors. Program director John Green, an English teacher in the upper school at St. Christopher's, explained, 'We want them to recognize and understand those gaps. We want them to gain an new perspective and experience working together.' Green pointed out that the interns are among the best and brightest of area public and private schools -- the Institute only selected 14 students out of a pool of 40 applicants in 2007 -- and probably wouldn't get a chance to work together as a cohesive group to study societal challenges outside of the Institute.
Each summer the Institute brings together a group of talented young people with diverse backgrounds and experiences from a variety of public and private schools throughout central Virginia. Each student who successfully completes the program receives a $1,000 stipend. For more information on the Institute on Leadership and Public Service at St. Christopher's School, please contact program director John Green at 282-3185 x 657 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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