Mercy Academy, Elizabethown, Seneca high schools also recognized
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 17, 2017) — The Phoenix School of Discovery in Louisville was one of five schools nationally to win the fifth annual Lead2Feed Challenge that awards winners $20,000 for their school’s nonprofit of choice and $10,000 technology grants for the schools. The contest was open to middle and high school teams.
Elizabethtown High School Service Club and Mercy Academy in Louisville were awarded $10,000 charitable grants and $5,000 technology grants and Seneca High School in Louisville was awarded a $5,000 charitable grant and $2,000 technology grant.
Aligned to 21st century skills, the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program encourages students to develop leadership, literacy and teamwork skills by completing service learning projects addressing needs in their community. In a recent survey conducted by Lead2Feed, 91 percent of Americans believe that middle and high school students should learn leadership skills as part of their curriculum.
To win the Lead2Feed Challenge, students study leadership lessons, form teams and create programs to address a community need. From the student-led projects submitted, 50 total teams were selected based on the leadership, innovation and impact students demonstrated to address an important need in the community.
The five grand prize recipients are:
- The Phoenix School of Discovery, Louisville (Team R.I.S.E. Refugees in a Safe Environment): Team R.I.S.E. created a Bridge Building Day event to create cultural awareness and break down walls between cultures. More than 500 students formed teams and helped more than a dozen charities in the community while learning about and valuing each other.
- Bagdad School, Bagdad, Ariz. (Team Cottage Crafters): FCCLA and Skills USA students teamed up to apply their leadership skills to build a “sleeping cottage” for the homeless. Students planned, built and delivered a complete tiny house to the Coalition for Compassion and Justice and the United Way in Prescott, AZ. “Our hope is that we will spark a movement!” said students.
- Winton Woods Middle School, Winton Woods, Ohio (Team Warriors for Change): Students set a goal to change the current culture and climate of the school so school leaders would see them as a resource for effective change. The students led a variety of projects, including renovating the wait room, creating air-scrubbing indoor gardens and collecting for the FreeStore Food Bank. As student Julian tells us, “At the beginning I thought I would fail this class, but now I feel confident in almost any situation. The lessons taught me about being a leader and I feel better about myself.”
- Eisenhower High School, Lawton, Okla. (Team Ike Ignition): Eisenhower’s ninth grade class wanted to achieve and exceed the legacy of the school’s “All In” Lead2Feed award from last year. They took their efforts to volunteer, fundraise and educate students as well as schools across Oklahoma to alleviate hunger in their communities. The biggest takeaway for these students was learning communication, optimism and flexibility as necessary tools for leading a team.
- Ogden High School, Ogden, Utah (Team FCCLA C.A.N.): Students combined lessons of healthy eating, cooking and food collection to empower teens to make wise food and lifestyle choices. Student Crystal said “I learned through Lead2Feed that an effective leader shares responsibilities and includes everyone.”
The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program is also awarding $10,000 charitable grants and $5,000 technology grants based on the outstanding works of the following teams:
- Elizabethtown High School Service Club, Elizabethown (Team We Scare Hunger)
- Mercy Academy, Louisville (Team E.N.D. Educating for Nonviolence Daily)
- River Hill High School, Clarksville, Md. (Team RHFBLA)
- Grand Rapids Christian Middle School, Grand Rapids, Mich. (Team Global Diversity)
- Raytown High School, Raytown, Mo. (Team Raytown High School Jay Crew)
- Port Chester Middle School, Port Chester, N.Y. (Team PCMS Rams Out ALD)
- St. Francis Episcopal School, Houston, Texas (Team Harris Souper Squad)
- George H. Moody Middle School, Henrico, Va. (Team YAPS)
- Southampton High School FBLA, Southampton, Va. (Team Southampton HS Dream Catchers)
- Odessa High School, Odessa, Wash. (Team Future Business Leaders of America)
$5,000 charitable grants and $2,000 technology grants will be awarded based on the outstanding work of the following teams:
- Seneca High School, Louisville (Team Seneca Redhawk Rangers)
- Mohave High School, Bullhead City, Ariz. (Team Launching Leaders at NOW-MOM!)
- Design and Architecture Senior High, Miami (Team Happy Little Boxes)
- JP Taravella High School DECA, Coral Springs, Fla. (Team JPT DECA Here 2 Help)
- Stockbridge High School, Stockbridge, Ga. (Team SHS National Honor Society)
- Atlanta High School, Atlanta, La. (Team #ShopWinn)
- The Harbour School, Baltimore, Md. (Team Harbouring Hope)
- Churchill County High School, Fallon Nev. (Team Have a Heart)
- St. Hilary School, Fairlawn, Ohio (Team Student Council)
- Menchville High School, Newport News, Va. (Team Food Lions)