Twenty-one students at New Albany High School are visiting the Good Samaritan Center two days per week and earning work hours to fulfill requirements for the Mississippi Occupational Diploma. These sophomores and juniors are required to complete a minimum of thirty work hours each school year. These hours can come from school based and community based work experiences.
The students learn skills that will help them with future employment while building relationships within the community. They also earn references and experiences that they can add to their resumes.
During each visit, students are assigned a variety of tasks such as filing, cleaning, unloading trucks, organizing freezers, stocking shelves, and assisting with distribution.
These students are under the supervision of high school teachers Heather Ferrell and Josh Davis. Ferrell says the program benefits the community, the Good Samaritan Center, and her students. “My students really enjoy this opportunity,” Ferrell said. “They love that they are helping others and it is so rewarding for all of us.”