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Volunteers sought for Lunch Buddy program

Local leaders are pulling together to put volunteers from the community with children who are deemed “at-risk” in the school system.
Colleton County High School leaders are preparing to start a new “lunch buddies” program. This program is for students who are considered at-risk, in grades nine through twelve. The program will partner certified volunteers with male and female students. Those volunteers will then eat lunch with the chosen students several times each month.
Local ministerial leader Zane Brown is encouraging pastors of more than 30 area churches to send this information to their congregations. “We are talking about investing maybe three hours of your time each month toward a child who needs the guidance,” he said. Brown is the pastor of a local church. He is also the director of the Colleton Baptist Association. He is asking that men, and women, join this effort as volunteers. “This could change a child’s life,” he said.
The program is being led at CCHS by Vernessa Brooks.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer will undergo an orientation process and a background check. Interested persons should contact Brooks at 843-782-0031, ext. 52201, or by emailing her at vbrooks@colleton.k12.sc.us.
Brooks said this program is being led by the school’s guidance department. “It’s important to know that someone cares,” she said, speaking about the students who need guidance from adults. “Some of our students have had life experiences that means they need some direction, and some positive influence,” she said.
According to information provided by Brooks and Brown, there is also currently a reading buddy ministry and mentor program at Bells Elementary School. The district also previously had a lunch buddy program. “We want to pick up the ball and roll with this program again,” said Brooks. “It’s an important initiative.”

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