Middle School Students Help Burmese Refugees


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Belk, Discovery Education and the International Society for Technology in Education announced in May that Neuse Christian Academy's Student Advance Team won the first Belk Service Learning Challenge, a program designed to help middle school-aged students make an impact in their local community. The students, in grades six through eight, designed a program to help Burmese refugees in the Raleigh area.

Program activities included hosting donation drives to collect funds to purchase basic living supplies and to hold a job fair combined with a children's carnival. Some of these refugees have found jobs while others are progressing toward employment as a result of the job fair.

Each student — Grace Black, Kayla Cook, Martin Shank and Braden Teller — received a $1,000 scholarship and Belk prize pack. They will be invited to a Belk in-store "service learning event" this fall to celebrate their accomplishments. Their teacher received a $250 award.

The Belk Service Learning Challenge awarded an additional $10,000 to the winning team for its project, which the students will use to provide English as a second language courses for refugees this summer.

Each student on the second-place team, Team Farm Swarm from John W. Ligon Middle School in Raleigh, received a $500 scholarship. Their teacher received a $100 award.

The challenge is open to all middle-school students in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Columbia, S.C., and Jackson, Miss. Learn more at belkservicelearningchallenge.com.

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