Valley students gain volunteer experience through Upward Bound

(06-20-2011)

Article by Lace King

Every Friday this summer, high school seniors representing several San Luis Valley districts will work on various community service projects in Alamosa. The group, coordinated by Adams State College's Upward Bound program, attends classes Monday through Thursday and performs community service work on Friday. This past Friday, June 7, the students graciously helped clean the Adams State campus by picking up trash.

Upward Bound students take a break from their work in front of Girault Hall on June 10.

Upward Bound students take a break from their work in front of Girault Hall on June 10.

When asked about their service, the seniors said they would apply their experience toward scholarships since community service hours are important to many review committees. Leroy Jones of Del Norte High School, Joseph Duran of Centennial High School, and Lorensa Rosendo of Alamosa High School said Upward Bound has been an irreplaceable help as their college careers grow nearer. "I wouldn't even be considering college if it weren't for Upward Bound," Rosendo said.

June 17, the students assisted the recycling center as part of their weekly commitment to community service. On July 1, Upward Bound will participate in community service at the Alamosa Senior Center and the Evergreen Senior Center. The students will come back to the Adams State campus on July 8 to assist the PALS program.

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