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{ 6 }  SNJ Today  |  APRIL 6, 2022                                                                                   APRIL 6, 2022  |  { 7 }

 Local School Volunteers   Campbell Wins Area Miss Title,
 Start Building Outdoor   Will Compete in Miss New Jersey Pageant
 Learning Classrooms   Ashley Campbell of Bridgeton was crowned Miss Cumberland County Area

 Compass Academy Charter School   2022 on March 12 at Lakeside Middle School in Millville. Young women across
 volunteers recently held a groundbreak-  the seven southern counties in New Jersey competed for scholarship money to
 ing ceremony for the first complete out-  help further their educational endeavors. The young women included Morgan
 side learning environment in Vineland,   Kenny of Egg Harbor Township, Amber Johnson of Pennsville and Samantha
 adjacent to its main building. The area   Layton of Vineland.
 will get children outdoors more and   Campbell is currently a junior studying psychology and dance at Rowan
 expand the way they learn.               University. She will go on to compete
 The crew launched the first phase of     at the Miss New Jersey Scholarship
 construction right after the ceremony.   Pageant in June at Resorts Hotel and
 When completed, the project will have    Casino in Atlantic City. The Miss
 outdoor classrooms, a children’s garden,   New Jersey Education Foundation
 reading stations, walking path, and sev-  allows candidates the opportunity
 eral nature centers.                     to earn scholarship money and pro-
                                          mote their social impact initiatives.
                                          Campbell is the first African American
                                          to be crowned Miss Cumberland
                                          County Area within the Miss America
                                          Organization and will have the oppor-
                                          tunity to promote the importance
                                          of mental well-being within Black,
                                          Indigenous, and people of color and
                                          marginalized communities and hopes
                                          to make Cumberland County proud.

        Almost 40 teachers,
     administrators, parents, high
     school students, and board
     members installed parking
     guides, cleared large areas
     of debris, pulled out vines,
     raked and weeded, put
     down slate for paths, and
     refinished picnic tables.
        “A team of teachers                                                           Some people were born to be doctors.
     wrote the grant for the
     project,” said Compass sci-                                                      Some of the best come here.
     ence teacher Dawn Payne.
     “Some of us were nearly                                                          At Inspira Health, the leading doctors of today are training the top
     in tears after so much got                                                       doctors of tomorrow. Learn more about Inspira Health services near
     done by so many great vol-             The next work party is scheduled for      you at
     unteers in just our first day.”      April 30.
        The Compass Academy Charter         Compass Academy Charter School
     School Education Foundation funded the   is a highly ranked, free, public school
     project. The $5,000 initial grant is the   with about 180 students in grades pre-K
     first one made by the new organization.   to fifth from Vineland, Millville, and
     Foundation members and donors took   Pittsgrove.
     part in the work.
        “We are thrilled with this ambitious   Some of the volunteers building the Compass
     and cooperative endeavor and are look-  School outside learning area were, from left:
     ing forward to seeing this outdoor class-  Dawn Payne, Nancy Ward, and Vineland                                   Born to Care.
     room area in full use by the students of   High School National Honor Society members
     Compass Academy,” said Nancy Ward,   Hema Varshani Muniappan and Alexandra
     vice president of the foundation.    Najera Olmeda.
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