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Wesley Honored at Capital Mentoring Program Awards


From left: Dr. Jessica James, Kadija Erskine-Michel, and Central Middle School mentor coordinator Gail Garner at the Capital Mentoring Program awards ceremony

On May 30, Capital School District held an awards ceremony to honor volunteer mentors and community partners in Dover. Wesley student Kadija Erskine-Michel was named “Mentor of the Year” for the Central Middle School. Wesley’s Department of Political and Social Science also received the “Community Partner of the Year” award.

As part of Dr. Jessica James’ Contemporary Social Problems course, students must complete 25 hours of community service and reflect on their time each week. This is done to ensure students get experience working in real-world situations to reach a better understanding of the problems they study in class. Most of the students – including Erskine-Michel - enrolled in Contemporary Social Problems choose to volunteer at Central Middle School, where they meet with middle-school students twice a week for 40-minute sessions

“I am very proud of Kadija and all our students who participated in the program,” said James. “This is a beneficial service to the community and I’m excited to continue it in the future.”

Erskine-Michel completed her requirements during the end of the Spring 2011 semester. Last fall, she decided to return to Central Middle School and volunteer on her own time for the entire 2011-2012 school year.

Wesley College, a fully accredited college with undergraduate and graduate programs, provides an exceptional student-centered learning community in the liberal arts tradition. For more information about Wesley College, visit www.wesley.edu.