Mayor of Georgetown honors youth for public and community service

Jefferson Awards Foundation

Youth receive prestigious Jefferson Award for their achievements

GEORGETOWN — Students from Indian River High School, The Jefferson School, and Sussex Technical High School will be recognized by Mayor Bill West for their outstanding service in the community through Phase 1 of the LEAD360 Challenge. This year in Delaware, there was a total of 41 service projects submitted statewide. The Town of Georgetown’s five projects engaged 1200 volunteers, contributed 126 hours of service, and impacted 246,121 lives. This had a financial impact of $2,841 to the Town of Georgetown and the surrounding areas. All five individual and group projects that were submitted to the challenge were recognized recently by Mayor West during the Town Council Meeting in the Town Hall.

The LEAD360 Challenge was launched nationally by the Jefferson Awards Foundation in 2010. The focus of LEAD360 is to recognize outstanding youth service projects that help make our world a better place. The Challenge works with Mayors and youth-focused organizations across the country to shine a positive spotlight on student-led community service initiatives.

In Phase 2 of the LEAD360 Challenge, three national youth projects are being activated in the areas of Hunger and Poverty, Health and Wellness, and Education and Literacy.  Brittany Amano founded the non-profit The Future Isn’t Hungry, which packs bags with nutritious shelf-stable foods and provides recipes for healthy meals.  Wesley Boone’s organization, Gear Going Global, collects new and gently used athletic equipment for children who have none. Patricia Manubay’s idea is to create Dream Boxes filled with new and gently used school supplies, books, and a Dream Journal so that all kids can go to school with the supplies and the encouragement they need to follow their dreams.

The entire town of Georgetown is being called to action to participate in these projects.

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The Jefferson School

The Jefferson School Student Council chose to participate in a fundraiser called “Stuff the Bus” during the month of November, partnering with DART First State and the Food Bank of Delaware.  This year, they collected 913.2 pounds of food to donate to those in need.

They also joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser Pennies for Patients.  They collected coins during the month of January, and the money raised was donated to research initiatives to advance therapies and help save lives.  They exceeded their goal of $800 by nearly three times, collecting over $2,100.

The school also supported the Seaford house, a residential and day treatment center for teens in Seaford. They collected gifts for each teen during the holidays, provided each with a care package including linens and a letter of encouragements, and collaborated with the teens on a collage that hangs in the Seaford House activity room.

Emma Rider

Emma Rider of Sussex Technical High School started a shoe drive to collect shoes for the organization WaterStep, which sells them to small business owners overseas or recycles them domestically. Profits are used for education, training, and provide clean water.  It takes about 4,000 pairs of shoes to install one water chlorinator, and since 2010, Emma has collected over 100,000 pairs of shoes and filled her 5th tractor trailer to date. Through her efforts, Emma was awarded as the National LEAD360 winner last year in 2014.

Indian River High School Student Council- Mayor’s Top Project

The Indian River High School Student Council held a food drive during the month of December to donate to Home of the Brave, a homeless shelter for veterans in Milford. They collected a total of 800 non-perishable food items.

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