SMS Students Participate in Camp Challenge

The Pilot – September 22, 2010

Communities In Schools of Moore County and five Southern Middle School students participated in Camp Challenge 2010.

Camp Challenge, which is sponsored by the North Carolina Bankers Association, combines a summer camp experience and an academic setting with instruction in age appropriate personal financial skills. These students were nominated by their CIS COMPASS Project mentors and their teachers.

“These students are fine examples of academic success, consistent attendance in school and behavior that is conducive to learning,” says a spokesman.

Terrance Lowe, Essence McKeithan, Trevion Miller, Akira Moore and Isaiah Tisdale spent the mornings in a classroom environment learning computer skills, creative writing, public speaking and how to operate checking and savings accounts.

The Pilot – September 22, 2010

They spent the afternoons enjoying traditional camp activities such as horseback riding, archery, swimming, and hiking. At the end of the Camp Challenge, each student was awarded a voucher for a $100 U.S. savings bond to begin their future financial success.

The COMPASS Project is a one-on-one mentoring program in its fourth year at Southern Middle School. This mentoring relationship has helped participating students improve attendance, focus on academics and improve their classroom behavior. By utilizing Sean Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens,” mentors and mentees are able to learn and apply positive life changing habits.

Training for adult mentors begins Sept. 28 from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on ways to become a mentor, contact Dr. Robin Moore at (910) 295-1072.