STUDENT VOLUNTEERS HELP WITH COURT OF COMMON PLEAS ARCHIVING PROJECT
Fourteen high school students have been learning more about the working world as they help the Court of Common Pleas complete a project to archive back cases. The students, who are volunteering their time, are working in the mornings to help Court of Common Pleas archivist Ann Snowden to purge, organize and prepare court files for archiving. According to the student coordinator Vivian Banks (herself a volunteer), "This is the first work experience for most of the students. Not only are they helping the Court, they are also gaining an understanding of what it is like to work in an office setting that will be helpful to them in the future." Carole Kirshner, Court Administrator for the Court of Common Pleas, stated: "The volunteer program has been of tremendous value to the Court of Common Pleas."
Robin Jenkins of the Administrative Office of the Courts, who developed and oversees the program, emphasizes that, "The program promotes the importance of volunteerism to teens." An additional bonus of the program is an opportunity for the students to learn more about the courts through observing a trial and touring the courthouse. While most of the students work in the New Castle County Courthouse, there is also a student working in Kent County and one in Sussex County, under supervision by Court of Common Pleas staff.
The student volunteer program, which is in its second year, is being operated in conjunction with the Foster Care Program, which recommended children for the project. Others supporting the program are Colonial Parking, Dunkin Donuts, Season's Pizza and Dr. Herbert Casalena.
New Castle High School student volunteers pictured during their tour of the New Castle County Courthouse, including a discussion about juries.