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County SGA discusses volunteer programs

October 31, 2006|by MARY A. KAVANAGH

At this month's meeting of Washington County public and private school student councils, we focused on our main priority this year: participating in community-enriching activities.

Carrol Lourie, a social worker in Washington County, came to speak with us on behalf of the countywide Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force that was formed last fall. Anyone seriously interested in joining the Task Force, whether you are active in the Student Government Association or not, should contact their school SGA president for the next meeting date.

Volunteers with the task force will be involved in securing grants for related programs and reviewing student submitted public service announcements, along with chairing other events already in the works.

We also continued our discussion on a United Way Youth Initiative presented to us last year. The United Way of Washington County is working in conjunction with the SGA to form a sort of youth board of directors, separate from the regular board of directors, to apply for state and federal grants and then distribute them to local charitable organizations as they see fit.

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Throughout the nation, other United Ways have participated in similar initiatives and the concept is quickly spreading across the country due to its success. Once again, anyone truly wanting to make a difference in their community through positive leadership roles should contact their school's student council president for details.

For more information, call senior Mary Kavanagh at North Hagerstown High School, 301-766-8238.

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