Granville County program helps teens learn about civics

Jul. 14, 2014 @ 05:44 PM

OXFORD — Granville County students got a lesson in how local government works this summer.

The county opened its offices to five 10th-graders at the beginning of June for its summer Civic Leadership Program, a internship providing students with a $1,000 scholarship and hands-on experience in central operations.

Students rotated through departments, such as the Granville County Cooperative Extension and emergency operations, during the five-week internship, running errands and conducting light office work.

Three students started the program June 9 and finished their required hours last week. The rest began June 16 because of their school schedules and will finish the internship around July 25.

Caitlyn Good, Granville Early College High School student, said she started June 16 and worked in various departments every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the long hours were worth it.

“I’ve met a whole bunch of nice people and learned about what all the departments do,” she said.

Good, like other participants, was selected through an application and interview process.

“It gives you quite a sense of achievement that you were chosen to do it,” she said.

Clerk to the Granville County Board of Commissioners Debra Weary said this is the 15th year for the program, which usually accommodates six students. This year, one dropped out right before work began.

In addition to Good, Rhyan Johnson of Granville Magnet School, Christian Moss of Granville Magnet School, Lizeth Murieth of J.F. Webb High School and Lashon Royster of Granville Magnet School were part of the program.

Weary said students will be honored at the commissioners meeting Aug. 4, when they will receive a plaque along with their scholarship checks.

 

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.