Carter fosters the growth of academic organizations and community focused clubs. During the fall of 2019 CarterCares emerged as an organization whose sole aim is to provide opportunities for students to give back to the community by volunteering and earning hours. CarterCares is sponsored by Ivan Silva and Leslie Gonzalez.
“It is our goal for our students to not only have academic experiences, but also to take part in activities and functions that build their sense of service, duty, and strengthen their identity within our community. We service students from across our entire district and building a sense of unity is integral,” Silva said.
While working on character building students are also able to log hours to use in their resumes and college applications.
“We get our hours and we also get to interact with others,” Freshman Dominique Brown said.
Not only does it help students open their horizons, but it helps people learn interpersonal communication with others. CarterCares connects with the community and its neighbors to provide a centralized liason for students to volunteer. So far this year students have been able to volunteer as judges for Elementary UIL meets, La Joya High School homecoming dance, assisted LJHS STUCO with manning concession stand, HEB Feast of Sharing, WoofStock, and the McAllen Holiday Parade.
During November CarterCares helped at the HEB Feast of Sharing hosted at the McAllen Convention Center.
“You get to interact with a lot of people, see everyone, and spend time with their families,” Leslie Mendoza said.
Having one organization focus on volunteer opportunities makes it easier for Carter students to participate and stay informed.
To learn about CarterCare or to be updated on upcoming volunteer events join Remind with the class code: cartercare