Summer of Service launching in Laurel

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The launch of Summer for Service starts in the coming days in Laurel's Ward One. It's an opportunity for students to learn how to give back to their communities.

"It builds their self-esteem, and it also helps build a leadership capacity within students and they become productive citizens of our city," school leader Tito Lanier said.

Ingraining a positive mindset for youth is the goal. The motto, Lanier and Ward One Councilman Jason Capers are hoping to instill in youth: "a positive action equals a positive reward."

"Because that gives kids a foundation for life for what they need to be good citizens and to be contributing members to our community," Capers said. "We have to get people where they are serving and caring for one another again. That's so important for our world today."

The two leaders are teaming up creating service projects for kids of all ages. Capers said it's important to invest in the younger generation.

"Every Friday at 9:00 we are going to meet with all the kids and the young people who would like to be involved," Capers said. "So every Friday we are going to do a service project. We are going to be cleaning up some lots, installing some different fixtures in our community right here. Then we are going to be going on some reward trips either kayaking or kayaking and fishing to Bogue Homa Lake."

All ages are welcome, and pre-registration is not needed. The group will meet every Friday throughout the summer at Laurel Middle School. Children 12 and under must have a parent or guardian with them.

"I welcome the opportunity to be able to work with students," Lanier added. "It's important to their lives. Impact is what we need to get our students to the next level."

If you want to take advantage of the summer of service programs, Capers is hosting a Ward One Meeting Thursday starting at 6:30 to give out more information. The meeting will be held at the library at Laurel Middle School.

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