The GCC Exceptional Students Club adopts a city street and builds a sense of community.
The Exceptional Students Club recently adopted a one-mile segment of Dunlap Avenue from 35th Avenue to 43rd Avenue, through the City of Phoenix Adopt A Street Program. A sign installed, on March 1, recognizes the Exceptional Students Club members’ commitment to clean both sides of the street four times during the year for a two-year period.
Club member James Deibler found the Adopt a Street Program and took the initiative to apply. Deibler says activities like Adopt A Street bolster his school spirit and sense of community involvement.
Overcoming challenges and limitations is just one focus of the Exceptional Students Club, whose members work to provide positive support to students. The Adopt A Street program fit their mission and values by enhancing the overall appearance of Phoenix streets.
“Our hearts are filled with love for what we do and we want to spread it around as much as possible, both on our campus and in the community we serve,” said Renee Barstack, co-advisor of the club.
Club members Raul Hernandez and Sylvia Mena attended the first cleaning event and were surprised to see how much garbage, especially cigarette butts, polluted the ground. Although they saw the dirty side of the community they also felt peoples support. “Drivers honked when they drove by; it really seemed like they appreciated us there,” said Hernandez.
Any GCC student is invited to attend Exceptional Student Club meetings, held every second and fourth Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in the Student Union. For more information contact club advisor Frank Rivera at 623-845-3716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.