I'm new as a blogger for the Patch but not as a blogger. At the beginning of this school year, I began a blog for the signature program titled Wildcat Nations. This blog was meant to kept the community informed about the Signature program here at Arundel. However, it seems that the Patch has becaome a better vehicle for keeping the Comunity informed.
But there are still stories on the other blog that I would like to share. So these next couple of stories will be from my blogging archives.
The first story from the archives, is the very first story i wrote this school year about the Signature Program and is a general breakdown of what the Signature Program is all about.
It’s a new school year and the Signature Program is off to a GREAT beginning! For starters, the Community Development and Global Citizenship Signature Program has been able to expand its Signature class to two sections and will continue to grow year after year. The Signature Program has also begun to reach to this year’s freshman class. For their first two weeks of high school, the freshman class worked on all Signature Program related CATS lessons. These lessons introduced them to the Signature Program’s various concepts including thinking about not just your local community but the global community as well.
However, the freshman class has not been the Signature Program’s only focus. The Signature has been dedicated to making Arundel High School and its students become both local and global citizens. The first guests of the Signature Speakers Series were two young people from the Color My World Youth Venture Project. Color My World is an organization that helps recycle and reuse crayons, donating them to organization in need of art supplies. By collecting and cleaning crayons used at restaurants for the kids coloring menus they raise awareness both about recycling and art programs. This was an inspiring example of how a simple but clever and unique idea can have a “snowball effect” and grow into something amazing.
But we need not look far for examples of wildcats doing the same. Arundel’s own Jordan L. and Aashi P. have joined forces with Kenya Connect and Youth Venture on a project that will bring computers and books to the underprivileged youth of Kenya. These Arundel students have been extremely dedicated and passionate with this project. They have conducted themselves as professionals and have gained a lot “real world” experience on how to conduct business. Aashi and Jordan have begun a project that will continue to grow and expand with the future generations of Arundel students and the Signature Program. So as you can see, the Signature Program has started the 2012-2013 school year of with a bang and we’re only just getting started.