Volunteer Projects

Children’s museum holding a shoe drive


   GRAHAM — The Children’s Museum of Alamance County (CMAC) is holding a shoe collection drive now through July 31 to raise funds to aid in programming and operating expenses.
The children’s museum will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all the donated goods. Those dollars will benefit the Children’s Museum of Alamance County.
Donate gently worn, new or used shoes to the Children’s Museum, 217 S. Main St., Graham. For other drop-off locations, call the museum at 336-228-7997.
“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Tom McLean, CMAC board member. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us and help those less-fortunate become self-sufficient. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
All donated shoes will be redistributed through Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations in such countries as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the sales are used to feed, clothe and house families.


YouTube channel focuses on kids doing good deeds

Izzy Kress' YouTube channel, "Izzpossible," is a way to encourage young people to do good deeds. / Hollyann Gardner, Times-News correspondent

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent

   While many girls are making YouTube channels about makeup, fashion and comedy, 10-year-old Izzy Kress wants to do something a little different.
“My parents had said that when I turned 10, I could get my own channel,” Izzy explained. “My mom and I started talking about it, and she suggested I do something positive that would inspire people. I said, ‘How about showing kids doing good things and having fun, too?’ ” Izzy is the daughter of Lance and Tami Kress of Burlington.
Izzy’s YouTube channel, dubbed “Izzpossible,” began March 9 and it features videos of Izzy and her friends and family doing different things to help out the local community. This includes cleaning out a closet in order to find clothes to donate to Hospice, performing a skit with sock puppets to spread word about the need of socks in the homeless community, and read more…

Justice is served … with a twist

Corey O'Neal, center, serves as prosecutor during a recent meeting of the Alamance County Teen Court. / Anna Katherine Carey, Special to the Times-News

By Jordan Carey
Times-News correspondent

   Alamance County Teen Court is one of more than 50 teen court programs in North Carolina. Teen Court gives teens the opportunity to experience a real trial without getting a juvenile record.
In teen court, the only adult officials are the adult bailiffs and judges. Trained teen volunteers perform the roles of jurors, bailiffs, clerks, defense attorneys and prosecuting attorneys. Except on rare occasions, teens can only go through teen court once. Offenses in teen court range from affray to distributing obscene images. Some of the most common offences are weapons on school property, assault and substance abuse.
To participate in teen court instead of juvenile court, the defendant must admit guilt. He or she will then have a jury trial, which is run by the student volunteers.
The student jurors decide the defendant’s sentence, which is classified as a type A, B, or C. Each type of sentence read more…

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