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Black Student Association lends helping hand to local boys, girls

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by Caylor Ballinger, Daily Toreador

texastechMembers of the Black Student Association at Texas Tech celebrated Black History Month by volunteering to help local children who will continue Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a brighter future.

Students worked with the Ted Phea Boys and Girls Club of Lubbock during the organization’s “Giving Back to Continue the Dream” event Thursday.

Royce Sarpy, junior psychology major from Dallas and Black Student Association member, said he has been volunteering at the club for the past two years, because he participated in a similar program when he was younger.

“It was the place I could go when I was little because my mom was a single working mother,” Sarpy said. “So, I know what it’s like.”

The Ted Phea Boys and Girls Club and similar organizations provide a safe haven for children while their parents are at work, he said.

When Sarpy came to Lubbock he found out where the Boys and Girls club was located, he said, and he began volunteering.

“It’s a place where I can give back,” Sarpy said. “I think more people should know it’s here. We need more volunteers.”

With a staff of five and a possibility of as many as 200 children coming for help each day, he said, it can be overwhelming.

Sarpy, the education coordinator for the Ted Phea Boys and Girls Club, said the club mainly deals with students from Wheatley Elementary School and Dunbar Middle School in Lubbock.

“We usually pick them up from school, and they can come here and work on their homework.” Sarpy said. “They can do homework for an hour and then play until their parents come.”

Monica Williams, a senior history and communications studies major and Black Student Association president, said she has been involved with the organization since her freshman year and the association has been hosting events all week to celebrate Black History Month.

Williams, who is from Dallas, said volunteering at the Ted Phea Boys and Girls Club has been a great way to end the association’s week-long events celebrating Black History Month.

“It’s been a way to get involved with the kids,” William said. “We as African-Americans can be the role models these kids need.”

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Written by Symphony

February 14, 2009 at 6:41 am

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