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Creating a Blessing: Golden Leaf Fellows Bring Community Service to Mocksville – Davie County Enterprise Record

By Mike Barnhardt

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Davie residents have a new blessing, thanks to a group of students participating in the Golden Leaf Scholars Leadership Program.

Armissa Bowles, a Davie resident and student at Appalchian State University, is one such Golden Leaf Scholar. She was placed in a small group with students from other colleges – Jeanny Kim from NC State, Peyton Blue from Western Carolina, Alex Martinez from Pfeiffer University and Mikey Miller from UNC Charlotte. Their task? Propose a project to help a rural community.

“As a group, we decided to do a project that helped solve the problem of food insecurity, and we thought the best way to do that was through a blessing box,” Bowles said. “Working with this group has been an incredible opportunity and has helped me make an impact in my community, learned leadership and event organizing skills, and led to some great friendships along the way. “

The box is simple. If you need something to eat, take it. If you have non-perishable food, leave it. The box is opposite Juse HOPE on South Main Street in Mocksville.

“Growing up in a rural community, I have always been aware of the vast disparities and lack of opportunities and resources available to many people, including myself,” Kim said. “After moving to Raleigh to attend NC State, those differences became even more apparent.

“This experience has allowed me to make an impact in rural North Carolina communities, bridging the gap between rural and urban communities, providing equal and accessible opportunities for all,” Kim said. “This program was truly a memorable and treasured experience that I will cherish forever.”

Martinez said the program gave him opportunities he wouldn’t have had otherwise.

“From conference meetings, to internships, to this little project giving back to the community, there’s nothing I would change,” he said. “As a little kid, I was always a big believer in giving back to your community because they believed in me and gave me an opportunity, so it’s only right to give back.”

Miller agreed.

“The Golden Leaf Foundation has had such an impact on me that putting it into words is difficult,” he said. “Not only has it helped me tremendously financially, but the leadership program has shaped me to become a better version of myself. The foundation prides itself on giving back to the communities that once gave to us. It showed us the importance of giving back and gave us the opportunity to impact others around us.

“Because of the knowledge I have gained through the GLSLP, I have a deep desire to give back to rural communities in North Carolina. I am so grateful for the chance to give back and improve food insecurity. in Davie County.

As third-year Golden Leaf students, the community service project was required.

“We have collectively decided to put our efforts in a blessing box for Davie County, with the help and association with Just Hope,” Blue said. “It’s truly an honor to work alongside bright-minded people who want to improve North Carolina in every way possible.”

The box was dedicated in a special ceremony on Saturday.

Each of the fellows identified a need for food insecurity in their home community, said GLSLP coach Gina Hayes.

“Each of the band members has a strong commitment to rural North Carolina and is passionate about strengthening those communities,” Hayes said. “I am so proud of these five scholars and look forward to seeing their impact on the Davie County community.

Bowles called his experience with Golden Leaf wonderful. She hopes to become a teacher.

“I have the opportunity to do an internship related to my major which has given me valuable classroom experience that will help me when I one day start teaching my own class,” she said. “Being part of the Golden Leaf Scholars Leadership Program has been a wonderful experience.”