Collegiate Honored as 2018 Outstanding Volunteer Youth Group

Norfolk Collegiate has been honored as VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads’ 2018 Outstanding Volunteer Youth Group for completing several projects for the Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command last summer! According to VHR, “there was no shortage of quality applicants” for the title, making the honor that much more special.

Ryan Hodges ’22 was one of the many students to participate, and he says he got a lot out of the project.

“I was really glad when I found out who was in the group—they really made the project fun,” said Ryan. “My favorite part of the project was painting crates. They were old, rusted shipping pods, and they were really fun to paint. They were harder to paint than regular walls, because they have grooves in them, but it was still fun,” he said. The project was part of a weeklong program the students participated in during the summer of 2017. They also volunteered at a homeless shelter and food bank during the week.

The award ceremony for VHR’s honorees was Thursday, April 19, at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. Students Solana Wesley ’22 and Julianna Selig ’22 attended the ceremony with faculty members Judy Davis, Jamie Stump, Erin Smyth, Shannon Bartel and Scott Kennedy.

Solana had a great time at the event, noting the food wasn’t half bad either. She also said, “It was neat to be with other volunteers and hear about their stories. It was really inspiring to hear about all their work.”

French and Latin teacher Shannon Bartel looks forward to students interacting with the Salvation Army in the future saying, “They’ve been a great partner. The kids always have so much fun volunteering for them.”