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TODAY news for Thursday, June 9, 2008

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CAPS celebrates completion of school year

As we celebrate the season of graduation, Community-Academic Partners in Service (CAPS) staff is also celebrating our progress this year. New to LLU, CAPS has connected more than 200 people to opportunities to serve and engage the local community in a meaningful way. Here are a few highlights, as well as what’s to come in 2008!

Adopt-A-Kid Christmas Party 2007: Ninety LLU students helped create a Christmas party that 80 Head Start preschoolers will never forget. Amidst squeals of delight, the students and children experienced games and crafts. Nikki Grey, a School of Public Health student, reported shortly after the event that “I’ve already found the perfect gift for my kid next year!”

CAPS website: Up and running and full of useful resources for anyone interested in engaging the community! <www.llu.edu/caps>.

Community Kids Connection Saturday program: CAPS adopted this Students for International Mission Service (SIMS) program last fall. Public health student Cynthia Ortega has grown the program from three kids weekly to more than 25. She recruits student groups and churches from the LLU community to come and lead out in a program, similar to Vacation Bible School, with San Bernardino youth.

Community Mothers Connec­tion: CAPS is amazed at the connections being made with the local CKC families by a former School of Public Health program.

CKC soccer superstars:  Boaz Papendick, a School of Public Health intern, is leading a class that will use soccer as a motivation for the kids to exercise. This program will involve skill learning and game time to support the kids in becoming soccer superstars.

We need volunteers that can come out Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (June and July) to help coach, cheer, and even play. For further information, contact <bpapendick@llu.edu>.

Exodus to college: CAPS is partnering with Bethel Com­munity Outreach in the creation of a Health Professions Summer Internship this July. The objective of this internship is to expose local San Bernardino County African-American high school students to the health professions at Loma Linda University. Approximately 30 students will be visiting LLU July 20 to 26 and participating in an interactive internship modeled after Loma Linda Uni­versity’s Si Se Puede program.  Each day the youth will be on campus from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., attending interactive, age-appropriate one to three hour sessions hosted by faculty, staff, and students. If you are interested in supporting and/or participating in this program, please contact CAPS.

By Julie Schaepper

TODAY news for Thursday, June 9, 2008