PANDA Junior Camp is sponsored by Meridian Community Care and the group itself is a student leadership program designed to empower young people to make a positive impact in their schools and community.
While at PANDA Camp, students learn and participate in a variety of events and activities involving leadership and communication skills. They are educated on the truth and issues effecting their generation. They are empowered to be free -- free to live a healthy lifestyle and make positive choices, and to be comfortable with themselves.
The nine students participating in PANDA Junior Camp 2011 from Poland Middle School were seventh-graders Jordan Blake, Marina Mediati and Jessica Weetman and eighth-graders Kara DeToro, Jacob Guy, Kate Landry, Deanna Madorno, Joe Shields, and Kristen Thompson. These students joined approximately 65 other students from the Mahoning Valley. Students were led by a team of Mahoning Valley high school students, under the leadership of Beth Bonish, Meridian Community Care prevention educator.
Students enjoyed skits and presentations on topics pertinent to today’s youth, including bullying, peer pressure, addiction in the family, stereotyping/labeling and Internet safety, and also learned about developing an action plan, attended leadership training, worked on team-building activities, and performed in a talent show.
Poland Middle Schools teachers Abby Aebischer, Pat Williams and guidance counselor Teresa Dalesandro accompanied and participated with the students at Camp Muskingum.
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Nine students from Poland Middle School are participating in PANDA Junior Camp 2011, including seventh-graders Jordan Blake, Marina Mediati and Jessica Weetman and eighth-graders Kara DeToro, Jacob Guy, Kate Landry, Deanna Madorno, Joe Shields, and Kristen Thompson.