Freshman student leaders clean up Tuscaloosa schools

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Giselle Hood

Most middle school students spend their summers playing with friends or taking vacations, but these kids decided to use their time off to help their community.

Students enrolled in UA’s Early College ‘LEAP’ Program spent their Tuesday helping to beautify The Alberta School of Performing Arts and other Tuscaloosa County schools.

Campers also got meet leaders at the University of Alabama, and got to know different parts of the community they call home.

Demitrius Barksdale, who serves as academic advisor for UA Early College, explained that exploring new parts of the area helps broaden the kids’ horizons.

“It was really good to get them to come out to engage in a community that they’ve never been in even though they’ve been living in Tuscaloosa for some time,” Barksdale said.

“It’s just kind of giving them some opportunity to explore different possibilities.”

The camp isn’t all serious, though. Students also spend time doing scavenger hunts and other activities to help them get to know each other and make learning fun.

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