Posted by Liam O'Kennedy August 14, 2012 10:00 AM
Courtesy of CollegeBound Community Services
The following was submitted by Collegebound Community Services:
More than 25 Swampscott and Marblehead High School students helped underprivileged children at the Ford School in Lynn to learn the fundamentals of soccer, tennis, basketball, dance, and chess at the inaugural Camp Community Spirit.
This day camp was conducted by North Shore Community Spirit, a new and innovative student-run organization launched this month by CollegeBound Community Services, a Swampscott-based nonprofit dedicated to instilling leadership qualities in high school students through community service.
“Though many local area high school students devote their time to community service,” noted Phil Sloan, founder of CollegeBound Coaching and Community Services. “There seem to be few opportunities for them to make any kind of real financial contribution toward helping local charitable organizations. North Shore Community Spirit is designed to teach core business skills, while making a real difference.”
North Shore Community Spirit will be launching a website later this month, offering local residents in Swampscott and Marblehead the opportunity to purchase “Community Spirit”-branded apparel with the proceeds benefiting local community service programs and activities. These highly motivated high school students are building their own website, designing their own merchandise, developing their own marketing plan, and will even be delivering their own products. They plan to expand into other North Shore communities and are seeking other local area high school students to join them.
“With the local Athlete’s Corner in Swampscott closing last year, there was no longer anywhere to buy Swampscott-branded sweatshirts, T-shirts, and other recreational apparel promoting community spirit,” explained Patrick Burkett of St. John’s Prep, cofounder of North Shore Community Sprit.
“We approached Chad Sher, the owner of Marblehead Sport Shop in the town next door, and asked him to partner with us in launching our own line of ‘Swampscott Community Spirit’ apparel,” continued Burkett. “With his support and continued guidance, we have also decided to produce ‘Marblehead Community Spirit’ apparel. Later this fall, we hope to expand into several other local North Shore communities.”
“Once our web site (www.northshorecommunityspirit.org) goes ‘live’ later this month, we fully expect to interest high school students in other local area communities throughout the North Shore to join our team,” added Philip Cherner, a Swampscott High School senior and cofounder. Other members of the North Shore Community Spirit student management team are Emily Cerra, Benjamin Goldstein, Sasha Matusevich, and Paulina Ferullo.
CollegeBound Community Services was formed by CollegeBound Coaching (www.collegeboundcoaching.com), a North Shore area college preparation and admissions firm, a pioneer in student life coaching and personalized, on-campus visits conducted by college students, called Campus Connections (www.campusconnections.us).