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Local News: The Epiphany School of Global Studies Starts School Year at Health Drive

Epiphany SchoolA group of 12 seniors from The Epiphany School of Global Studies started their school year at Monarch’s Health Drive day program in New Bern. Each year, the students organize service projects at local non-profit organizations during what’s known at the school as “Odyssey Days.”

During their time at Health Drive the students helped prune and beautify the Monarch Ability Garden Integrating Community and Land (M.A.G.I.C.A.L.) and spent time with the people we support.

“It was a great experience taking these seniors to Monarch and watching them jump right in to the weeding and cleaning out of the garden area.  The participants seemed to love talking to the students and the Epiphany seniors were so kind and caring and enjoyed being with the people Monarch supports,” said Beverly Adams, Epiphany’s college counselor.  

Here is what some of the students had to say:

“Being at Monarch and volunteering in the gardens was a change for me.  For a couple of hours, I was not focused on academics or applying to college.  I just got to do some work.  And I enjoyed doing it!  Eating lunch with the people supported was also very eye-opening because it allowed me to see how much we all have in common.”  –Nick, Epiphany Senior

“While Monarch was a good experience in helping out our community and catching up with friends, the experience was infinitely more rewarding when I got to meet the caretakers and the program participants.  It takes a lot of heart and grit, something many do not have these days, to do that job.  You could tell everyone was loved and cared for to the utmost degree.  Thank you for allowing me to share the experience with you.”  –Harrison, Epiphany Senior

Click here to see more of their visit on Monarch’s Facebook page.

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