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On Track to Success
On Track for Success
Posted on 09/08/2021
“It challenges them to get out of their comfort zone and overcome some of their fears which is exciting,”By Stacia Harris
BCS Communications
Photos Courtesy: Deputy Daryl Inman
Buncombe Co. Sheriff's Office

BCS Middle Schoolers from around our school district participated in a unique camp this summer. Led by our School Resource Officers (SROs), the On Track Leadership Program began in 2007. Each summer, the two, two-week sessions provide students with exciting opportunities to grow as students and as people. 

“The SROs already have great relationships with the students,” said Lt. Kelly Ball, Lead SRO. “The goal of the camp is to build on the mentor/mentee bond and help students learn important life and leadership skills. We want to give them the tools to make good choices as they continue their journey through school.”

As part of On Track, students participate in community service projects, career fairs, and several exciting outdoor activities such as camping, ziplining, and white water rafting!

“It challenges them to get out of their comfort zone and overcome some of their fears which is exciting,” said Lt. Ball.

Students like rising North Buncombe Middle eighth-grader Kamilia were eager to participate in On Track this summer, but admits she was a little shy at first. 

“At first I was nervous, because I wasn’t sure I would know anyone,” said Kamila. “The first day we were really quiet, now we are all joking and laughing. I feel like I’ve grown alot through this program. I’ve become more of a people person.”

Kamilia had this advice for next year’s On Track participants: “You shouldn’t be afraid. The people here are very nice. If you don’t know anyone, you’ll meet people.”

Each session culminated with a barbecue dinner for the students and their families as well as a graduation ceremony!
On Track for Success

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