by Carol Dunn
LA VETA- Sixth- and seventh-grade girls in Huerfano County have a opportunity to learn about careers, community service and life in general through the County Youth Services program called CREW, an acronym for Creative Righteous Educated little Women. According to Gloria Eggert, one of the program’s three directors, the program is designed to teach young ladies about themselves and the ‘crazy’ world around them.
A CREW field trip on May 8-9 allowed seven girls to participate in a variety of activities in Colorado Springs. The group lunched at the Broadmoor, did some rock climbing at the Sport Climbing Center, had Chinese take-out, visited Garden of the Gods, stayed at the Embassy Suites, ordered room service and enjoyed entertainment in the 150,000 square-foot indoor entertainment center Mr. Biggs.
CREW sponsors educational enrichment activities throughout the school year, including community resources, communication skills, journaling, and choosing a college. Eggert, a facilitator and mentor, lists several life skills girls need to develop these days: positive attitude, courage against peer pressure, social skills, right decisions, right relationships, and service to the community. The girls have been working on “treasure maps” depicting the types of lives they want to live.
Eggert told the Journal that the Huerfano County CREW participants performed two community service projects this school year: singing to the elderly and shut-ins at Christmas time and assisting with the River Walk clean-up in Walsenburg in April.