After graduating from CASHS, our student received a scholarship and is continuing his education at Georgetown University:
“Since I have started at Georgetown my life has been tremendously impacted by all of the incredible people on this campus. Some things that I am involved in include volunteering to help tutor prisoners in nearby prisons, helping them get their GED in a program called the Georgetown University Prison Outreach. One other thing important that I have done here is I have founded and am President of Georgetown Club Wrestling where we hold practices about 2-3 times a week. Wrestling is my favorite sport and I enjoy doing it immensely because teaches you so many essential life skills like perseverance and resilience.
Since I've gotten here I was also accepted into the Emerging Leaders Program. We met once a week for a semester to advance leadership skills and that has been something that I really enjoyed. Other than that I worked as an Ethics Lab Assistant for a semester, where I got to meet amazing professors and people. However, due to my workload I couldn't continue my work there.
In terms of the work, it has been very difficult but I have been doing pretty well academically. And I ensure that I am managing my stress by doing things like working out, swimming, meditating, going to the sauna, and sometimes yoga. Being at Georgetown has really allowed me to develop these skills of self-care and that's something that I will be able to hold with me for the rest of my life.
In regards to academics, I have gained many interests since I came to Georgetown. I am currently studying in the Georgetown Walsh School of Foreign Service and have been taking Russian, which is now a huge interest of mine. Additionally, I am really interested in pursuing entrepreneurship of some kind. Georgetown has great entrepreneurship programs which I hope to take advantage of. As for my major, I intend on majoring in STIA (Science, Technology, and International Affairs) with a concentration in Business Growth and Development. I am considering having a minor in Russian or an entrepreneurship certificate as well.”
The continuation of our student’s success story:
“My sophomore year I took my first AP class, made the CASHS JV soccer team, and started my first job at McDonald's. After accomplishing these things it gave me a lot of confidence and allowed me to take even more classes in AP and IB my Junior and Senior years and I excelled in them. During these years I also was a hurdler in track and field and was a part of a few extracurricular organizations. One organization that really meant a lot to me was the Youth Advisory Board where I was the co-chair. In this we worked to spread awareness of youth delinquency and poverty in our area and I helped to plan a poverty simulation event. Another group that I was a part of was Youth Court where I defended youth offenders in CASHS and helped to grant them restorative based consequences instead of consequences like suspension. Last but not least, I volunteered as a Link Leader at CASHS where I helped conduct freshmen orientation.
One of my favorite parts of high school was being able to work at Patriot Federal Credit Union as an intern my senior year where I spent time working in the student branch in the CASHS cafeteria and also at the main Wayne Ave. branch after school. Here I got to gain a lot of professional experience and I met a lot of great people.
Some honors that I received throughout high school was being named the Rotary Club Student of the Month my senior year, being given the AP Scholar with Honor award, the Magna Cum Laude Silver award for the Latin language, being the Social Studies Student of the Month, and being in the National Honors Society.
Some hobbies of mine include playing poker, reading science fiction, wrestling, watching sports, and watching podcasts such as Joe Rogan.“
Jacqui Wolfe, retired teacher and one of the driving forces behind the Homeless Matters Coalition, has kept in touch with one of the students who was helped by the program. The student, a recent CASHS Graduate, has continued to grow and excel, not only academically, but also personally.
He has agreed to share his story as inspiration to everyone facing a difficult situation, and also as a thank you to our generous supporters. The student was referred to Homeless Matters by the staff at CASHS.
Born in May 1999 and raised in Chambersburg, I attended Coldbrook Elementary School, CAMS South, and then CASHS. Growing up I enjoyed playing soccer and football.
I was brought up my by Grandma who was a huge influence in my life. I lived with her from the time I was born up until she passed away when I was 15 years old. She always gave me stability and I credit her largely for where I am today. She taught me so many valuable things - such as having a big heart, how to treat everyone with respect, and how to be a hard worker.
When I was in Kindergarten I met my best friend and his family. They have been a huge part of my life. When my grandma passed away and I had no place to go, my friend’s mom opened her doors to me and allowed me to stay with them. She has such a big heart and I also wouldn't be where I am at today without her.
As for high school at CASHS, I would say that my first year as a freshman was particularly difficult due to my Grandma passing away, and my grades suffered.
However, the next year as a sophomore I knew that I wanted to make my Grandma proud of me so I set off with more of a purpose.
Tune in next week for more about this student’s success!
Sincere Thanks to Cornerstone Financial, a local company offering Investment, Financial, Insurance and Tax Planning Services in and around Chambersburg. Cornerstone's generous donation will provide resources and supplies for our homeless and at risk students and their families. THANK YOU Cornerstone!
Homeless Matters Coalition Featured in CASD Newsletter!
For more information on the Homeless Matter Coalition, please visit them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/chambersburghomelessmatters/"
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A shout out to our anonymous donor. A very generous community member has donated $7,500.00 to the Homeless Matters Coalition. THANK YOU! And Happy Holidays!
Big Oak Cafe Fundraiser December 10-15, 2018.
Thanks to all who participated in this fundraiser! Stay tuned for more opportunities to help out!
Thank you to all who participated in the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week November 12 - 16, 2018.
We are still accepting monetary donations. You can mail donations to Homeless Matters c/o CASD Pupil Services Department, 435 Stanley Ave, Chambersburg PA 17201.
Homeless Matters is a 501(c)3 organization. Please include a note if you would like a receipt for tax purposes.
The Homeless Matters Coalition consists of local community members and organizations that have made it their goal to ensure that resources such as housing permanency, food, and clothing are being provided to students and their families who qualify as homeless in the Chambersburg Area School District (CASD). The community project is dedicated to providing CASD students and their families a safe and welcoming resource to ease some of the burdens that homeless students experience and give them the opportunity to be successful in their academic endeavors even in the face of such personal hardship.
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Kris Carroll, President
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