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Camden Kiwanis contribute to Junior Leadership

Posted: November 22, 2011 4:19 p.m.
Updated: November 23, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The Camden Kiwanis Club has made a $2,000 contribution to the Junior Leadership Kershaw County program and announced plans to support the long-standing student leadership development program through its fundraising activities.

In making the announcement and cash award, club President Frank Bernhardt said, “Our members believe the goals and on-going success of the Junior Leadership program in this community fit nicely with the mission of Kiwanis International, which is to serve the children of the world one child and one community at a time.”

“We are so grateful for the support of the Kiwanis Club,” said Junior Leadership chair Laurie Parks. “Their contribution this year and in the years to come will help us put together an even better program for the students who participate. It takes a lot of donations and support to operate the program. We are glad to designate Camden Kiwanis as our first ever program benefactor and look forward to a long relationship with them.”

Bernhardt noted that Junior Leadership includes students from all across Kershaw County and stresses not only leadership and service to the community but also encourages a spirit of cooperativeness amongst the schools. “One of our club goals is to recognize young people at all age levels and support programs that will help them succeed.”

Among the Kiwanis-supported programs are Terrific Kids at the elementary level, Builders Clubs at the middle school level and Key Clubs at the high school level. The Camden Kiwanis Club sponsors six Terrific Kids programs and Key Clubs at all three high schools and Camden Military Academy.

Junior Leadership Kershaw County is a partnership of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, Kershaw County School District and Camden Military Academy. The program began in 1988 and is one of the oldest continuously running high school leadership programs in the state. Since it began approximately 700 students have completed the program.

Thirty juniors and seniors representing Camden, Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools as well as Camden Military Academy are participating this year in monthly team-building and leadership development activities.

Bernhardt said proceeds from the club’s annual country breakfast during Kershaw County Farm City Week will go to support Junior Leadership.

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