The Sampson Community College Academy of Continuing Excellence has embarked upon an ambitious project this fall in anticipation of the Christmas season. Students have been creating a variety of Christmas ornaments and decorations that will be available for sale effective Nov. 9.
All ornaments produced by this class, formerly known as Compensatory Education, have been painstakingly made as part of their skills training. Proceeds from the sale of the ornaments to SCC employees will be used to buy seeds, compost and other horticulture materials needed for a 2016 garden project and to provide lunch for the students on special occasions such as Christmas or Valentines Day.
“Our wonderful ACE students continue to amaze, thrill and humble us with their many talents” said Ann Butler, Dean of Continuing Education at SCC. “We have a display of ornaments in the Continuing Education Department at the college that we are extremely proud of.”
Sampson Community College’s ACE program serves adults with developmental disabilities. ACE offeres academic skills training, job preparedness and transitional opportunities. Our students engage in project-based learning assignments and the items we see are products from these projects.
“Students gain math skills, learn craftsmanship, build teamwork skills, self-esteem and are able to obtain a sense of accomplishment”, says Literacy and Basic Skills instructor Anna Rouse. “The Christmas ornament project has been a wonderful experience for the students and staff alike.”
All of the materials for the Christmas ornaments have been generously donated. Rouse hopes to make the project an annual event, with intentions to open sales up to the public in the future. Questions about the program can be made by calling 910-592-8081, extension 4011.