West­lake busi­ness stu­dents com­pete for char­ity

‘Wolver­ine Ap­pren­tice’ teams gather food, sup­plies for home­less

Maryland Independent - - News - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JamieACIndyNews

The mar­ket­ing and en­trepreneur­ship stu­dents of West­lake High School are “tak­ing giv­ing back to the community” to a whole new level next week.

Mod­eled af­ter the re­al­ity tele­vi­sion com­pe­ti­tion “The Ap­pren­tice” hosted by pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump, mar­ket­ing and en­trepreneur­ship teacher Adrian Car­roll has cre­ated “Wolver­ine Ap­pren­tice,” chal­leng­ing his stu­dents to bring the lessons from their class­room out into the school and wider community to col­lect sup­plies for char­ity.

“I want them to learn mar­ket­ing, ad­ver­tis­ing and pro­mo­tion,” Car­roll said. “They did re­search on Life­Styles of Mary­land, found out what they needed, which is pretty much ev­ery­thing.”

Two teams of seven stu­dents each will be hold­ing do­na­tion drives be­gin­ning May 16 for the La Plata non­profit Life­Styles which pro­vides emer­gency as­sis­tance to the home­less and those at risk of home- less­ness Mary­land.

“We pro­vide ev­ery­thing from ba­sic safety net ser­vices, in­clud­ing food, cloth­ing and toi­letry items, all the way to pro­vid­ing hous­ing,” said Co­rae Young, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of Life­Styles.

One group of stu­dents, Team Am­bi­tion, will seek do­na­tions of non­per­ish­able foods, said team leader Court­ney Hughes, 18, a senior at West­lake.

“There are so many home­less peo­ple who don’t have any food, and I think this is a good way for us to give back to the community,” Hughes said.

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South­ern PINK (Pos­i­tive, In­spir­ing, Noble and Kind) will gather toi­letries, cloth­ing and other non­food items, said team leader Elissa Decker, 17, a senior at West­lake.

Decker said she and Hughes both chose Life­Styles as the char­ity they wanted to sup­port.

“It’s a great char­ity. They work with home­less peo­ple, they work with peo­ple who are in tough sit­u­a­tions, and they do a lot of good in the community in dif­fer­ent ar­eas,” Decker said. “It was hard to pick whether to do food or cloth­ing, be­cause they need so many things for all of their dif­fer­ent pro­grams.”

Both groups will be do­ing pro­mo­tions and chal­lenges in their school and in the Charles County community to gather the sup­plies for Life­Styles, Car­roll said.

“The pur­pose of this is to teach my stu­dents how to go out and do mar­ket­ing and ad­ver­tis­ing in what I have been teach­ing them in class, and also hav­ing a chance for the kids to give back to their community in Charles County,” Car­roll said.

The win­ner will be de­ter­mined in the fol­low­ing week based on the amount of goods col­lected. Car­roll Young said the non­profit was hon­ored to have been cho­sen as the re­cip­i­ent for the com­pe­ti­tion.

“The items that they col­lect are all things we need to dis­trib­ute to the com- mu­nity, whether it’s peo­ple com­ing to our food pantry that’s open each week­day or whether it’s us tak­ing it out to peo­ple who are liv­ing in en­camp­ments,” Young said.

She said it is es­ti­mated that at least 500 home­less in­di­vid­u­als re­side in Charles County, not in­clud­ing those who are cur­rently re­sid­ing in shel­ter fa­cil­i­ties.

STAFF PHOTO BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

Life­Styles of Mary­land As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor Co­rae Young, cen­ter, and West­lake High School mar­ket­ing and en­trepreneur­ship teacher Adrian Car­roll an­nounced next week’s “Wolver­ine Ap­pren­tice” chal­lenge, in which Car­roll’s stu­dents will com­pete in two teams to gather sup­plies for the community non­profit.

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