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B-CU Hastings Campus Teams with South Woods Elementary School to Provide Youth Summer Camp Experience


by: Cheri Orr, Assistant Director B-CU Miller Campus

B-CU’s Miller Center (Hastings Campus) was eager to team up with South Woods Elementary School (SWES) to enhance the summer camp experience for fifteen underserved fourth graders. During the four-week camp, students will participate in character-building activities which promote and encourage teamwork and good citizenship.

Over 80 percent of students at SWES are are from economically disadvantaged families. The community school offers strategies to empower students and their families to break cycles of poverty.  Partnerships with organizations like B-CU are essential to their success.

“We want these children to be great leaders for the lower grades,” said Cheri Orr, assistant director of the campus. 

SWES is surrounded by farmland and is literally located in the city called ‘Spuds,’ the potato capital of Florida. B-CU student Brianna Zalewski brings the Wildcat spirit to these Spuds youth as a volunteer each Friday. A sophomore majoring in health and exercise science, Zalewski is also a work-study student assistant for the B-CU Global Online College and Professional Studies program.

For thirty-nine years, the Professional Studies program at B-CU Miller Center has provided educational services to the adult learner community. The program provides the means by which the University enriches, expands and extends its primary missions of teaching, research and community service. The Professional Studies program purposely seeks adult learners in specific areas throughout the State of Florida to provide career-oriented degree and non-degree programs. For more information about the B-CU Miller Center, contact Cheri Orr at or (386) 481-2948.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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