This year’s camp is set for June 15 to 19 and will draw its participants from Hope Valley and Forest View Elementary schools. Go to da.org to learn more. Samantha Leder and her sister, Constance.
much as the kids who came back year after year loved it, I think I loved it and learned more from it than they did. The big thing I learned was how to go with the flow and learn to bend and just make things work out. For example, when we would go on the bus to pick kids up at their homes, sometimes a little boy would get on the bus dragging a younger boy along with him who was not enrolled in SOCK. ‘He’s my cousin. Can he come?’ We made it work.” SOCK Camp will celebrate its 10th year this summer thanks to many DA students who have given their time and energy over the years, but A p r i l
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its effects are felt not just by the campers who love the attention from the many counselors. “I graduated from UNC with a biology major and thought I was going to be a lawyer doing policy advocacy, but then after working at a law firm I realized that was not my passion,” Sam says. “Now I am at UNC getting a master’s in social work. SOCK had a bigger impact on me than I first realized.” Constance was quicker to recognize SOCK’s influence on her. “I am a freshman at Clemson now studying special education and early childhood education. Thanks to SOCK, I think I found what I love.” DM w w w . d u r h a m m a g . c o m