After finishing an eight-week summer virtual learning program, August 7 was a special day for the children in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. They had worked hard for two hours Monday through Thursday, using Compass Learning to reinforce their skills in math and language arts. When they could have slept longer, they gave up part of their mornings to sit in NOC’s Program Center to work with teachers, high school tutors, and adult volunteers to meet their goals.
The children arrived at the program centers in Bluffton and Hilton Head on this final morning dressed in clothing normally reserved for special occasions. They came with siblings, parents (mostly mothers), and relatives. They were happy and eager, radiating a feeling of joy and accomplishment. They received certificates and awards for various achievements, including attendance and behavior. It was a proud moment for everyone present, including the leaders of the program, Kelly Lamb (Bluffton) and Emily Blackshire (HHI) and their team members (Andreza De Jesus and Jennifer Santos). Finally, the children enjoyed treats supplied by Starbucks at Pineland Station, Atlanta Bread, Volunteers of Medicine, Ellen Taylor, and Michael Ciavolino.
In three weeks these children will be back to participate in NOC’s after school program at program centers in Hilton Head and Bluffton.