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06/11/03

High School Students Learn About Teamwork

Dozens of high schools students are using hard work and sweat to put smiles on the faces of some Biloxi children. The Rotary Club's summer youth camp teaches Mississippi and Louisiana teenagers about leadership and philanthropy. Students spent today sprucing up the Boys and Girls club in Biloxi.

It was humid and her clothes were covered in paint, but Jacqueline Coale felt good knowing she was helping give the Boys and Girls club a much needed face lift.

"It's just great to be able to help out the Boys and Girls club and give them .. make it a nicer environment for the kids to work and play in," said Coale.

Usually the camp gives students community service projects in Louisiana. Counselors say this year they wanted a change of routine and for first time in 10 years, Mississippi teenagers are working in their own backyard.

Boys and Girls Club of the Gulf Coast director Sue Reed said "I know that young people are fantastic, I know how our kids are and I see it in these kids. You always hear the bad things about what kids do but this is absolute proof the good things that kids do."

The teenagers cleaned, painted, and removed shrubs. It was work the Boys and Girls Club director says the organization couldn't afford to pay for on their own. The young leaders say they quickly figured out that they couldn't get the job done without working together.

Ocean Springs student Robert Duke said the sixty teenagers "Just have to communicate a lot and just try to work together really well."

"When you put a group of people together, the can just accomplish mountains of work but it's only through combined efforts that it really works," said camp director Lisa Flair.

Flair says although the students labored for free... they wouldn't have been able to help out the Boys and Girls club without them. She says that local Rotary Clubs and businesses donated the money to pay for their supplies.

by Danielle Thomas

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