Challenge accepted – a 75,000 hour chalenge

Photo by Diedra Laird, reprinted with permission from the Charlotte Observer

Panthers linebacker and former Sedgefield Elementary student Omar Gaither joined Queens and Sedgefield students on Sept. 20 in the residential courtyard as they celebrated the 2011-12 school year challenge of 75,000 hours of community service.

The challenge will help both the students of Sedgefield Elementary, with a poverty rate above 80 percent, through mentoring and tutoring and allow Queens students create a larger impact in serving the community.

“This year we have challenged ourselves not just for the hours, but also for the stronger connection with the community,” says Pat Taft, director of Center for Active Citizenship.

After enjoying food, fun and a bouncy house, Sedgefield students are pumped for the year’s expectations of service and dedication to learning.

With no regard to the rainy weather, both the Sedgefield students and Panthers star were given a warm and sunny welcome by the Queens community. A number of sports were represented at the kick off, in addition to the energy of Rex and Queens cheerleaders. The women’s soccer team won a banner contest held for the athletic team providing the guests with the warmest welcome.

After the event, Sedgefield and Queens students had lunch together, leading up to bouncy house madness and an overall fun-filled day out of class for Sedgefield students.

For any information on how to get involved, students are encouraged to visit the Center for Active Citizenship. Those already involved should remember to log their hours on the MyQueens website.

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