The Creating Successful Learners Aktion Club at Surry Community College took home several awards from the 2016 Carolinas Aktion Club Convention in Denton earlier this autumn.
Thirty-eight clubs throughout North Carolina and South Carolina competed, and SCC came away with five awards.
Aktion Club is a division of Kiwanis International and was created to provide adults with disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative, leadership skills and to serve their communities. The theme for the 2016 convention was “Call to Lead.”
Greg Galyean of Mount Airy won first place in the speech contest. Members Tina Higgins and Adam Dalton, both of Mount Airy, won first place in the poster category. David Head of Mount Airy played the mandolin and sang “Amazing Grace” in the talent competition to take home second place. The club’s scrapbook comprised of all the service projects, fundraisers and other activities throughout the last year also won first place in the scrapbook competition.
Surry’s Aktion Club also won first in the Single Service Award, an award given to a club based on the mission and outcome of one specific service project from the year submitted for judging. Surry’s club submitted its 2015 Holiday Food Drive. During the drive, the club collected more than 3,000 pounds of food and more than $400 in donations to give to the Yokefellow Food Pantry and Salvation Army Food Pantry, all of which was taken into account in the competition.
The SCC Aktion Club’s poster, scrapbook and single service project will be sent to Indianapolis for international judging.
Creating Successful Learners is a part of Surry’s Adult Basic Education program designed specifically for adults with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. The focus of these classes is to improve the individual’s independence by acquiring necessary basic life skills from math and reading to job development.
For more information on adult basic education classes for those with developmental disabilities or brain trauma, contact Sheila Swift at (336) 386-3596 or [email protected] For more information, specifically on Surry’s Aktion Club, contact Diane Barnett at [email protected]