Summer learning program under way

Summer learning program under way
Breaks with Impact volunteers bag groceries for Alexandria food pantries. (Photo/Volunteer Alexandria)

By Kassidy McDonald |

Breaks with Impact, a summer learning program that teaches students about issues surrounding their community and offers volunteer opportunities, is in full swing.

Day programs in July were open to students in grades 6 through 12, who volunteered with social issues like food insecurity, climate change and supporting women, according to the Volunteer Alexandria website.

During the past week, 41 volunteers donated their time and energy over an eight-day period to pack and distribute 35 bags of groceries at a local food pantry, bag 400 groceries for a monthly food distribution, mulch 315 feet of trail at Chinquapin Park, pick up 20 pounds of trash at Windmill Hill Park, feed more than two dozen people at Meade Memorial lunch program and write welcome letters to women returning from incarceration, according to a news release.

According to Volunteer Alexandria’s website, the goal of BWI is for “students to notice their discomfort, discuss it within a supportive community, and finally consider how they might live their lives differently as a result of the experience.”

A program for high school students is being offered from August 16 to the 18. For more information and registration details, visit