Cdale middle-, high-schoolers join new volunteer effort |

Cdale middle-, high-schoolers join new volunteer effort

Eighth-grader Madison Thompson helps Gwen Porter and Marlis Laursoo operate an iPad during a course at the Carbondale Library.
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A new program is giving Carbondale middle- and high-schoolers a chance to improve their college resumes and do some good over the summer.

“Teens Giving Back” was dreamed up by a group of students from Precollegiate, an organization that helps local kids who hope to be first-generation college students.

“One of the things colleges really emphasize is volunteering,” explained Roaring Fork High School teacher Denise Wright, who was brought in to help coordinate the program.

Inspired by the Boulder junior rangers, the students ran fundraisers and received $7,000 from the town of Carbondale to help with their efforts.

At least 30 students from sixth through 12th grade are now signed up to participate in a variety of independent and group projects.

Teens pull weeds for the town of Carbondale or work with seniors to teach modern gadgets or just hang out.

“It’s really fun getting to hear their stories and to be able to just give them company,” said Gisely Torres, who has made the trip over to Crystal Meadows senior housing twice so far.

The fledgling program continues to raise money to cover coordination, rewards and maybe some T-shirts for the volunteers to wear. As it continues to grow, Wright is looking for more volunteer opportunities, and encouraged interested individuals and organizations to call her at 618-7178.

“We’re just kind of getting it rolling little by little,” she said. “It’s really kids at their very best. They bring an enthusiasm that is just contagious.”

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