Carter, 17, daughter of Nawassa and Charles Carter of Douglasville, is an original member of the school’s Compassion And Respect For Everyone Club, also known as CARE Club. Members of the club volunteer to work the winter and spring Paulding Special Olympics, work with the special needs students at the school and mentor other students to teach them how to interact with people with disabilities, Carter said.
South is the only school to sponsor the local club, though others have considered creating a similar club which cares for special needs students.
She started in the club her freshman year, which was its inaugural year, in 2010.
Carter works about 20 hours a week with special needs students at the school, helping them with such tasks as getting breakfast in the cafeteria, doing their exercises and school work. She also goes into the special needs classrooms and spends time with the students after she gets out of school at 2 p.m.
“They are so sweet,” she said. “They remember you, and say hey to you every day.”
Over the years she has worked with about 12 special needs students, Carter said.
She said she became interested in helping the students after attending a duck race fundraiser for Special Olympics at Six Flags White Water when she was about 13 years old, Carter said.
Carter also is the manager for the football team, basketball team and track team.
“I always like helping,” she said.
Carter participates in all of the activities while maintaining a 3.6 grade point average.
She plans to attend either the University of Georgia or Jacksonville State University to major in either physical therapy or sports medicine, Carter said.
She said she will miss working with the children every day after she graduates.
When describing herself she said, “If there is anything [I can do] I am willing to help.”
Special Education teacher Rebekah Jordan nominated Carter as the Stellar Student.
She said Carter takes extra steps to interact with the students, and volunteers as much as she can.
“She was the first name that came to mind [when thinking of someone to nominate],” Jordan said. “Bre just goes above and beyond.”