Back in March, Cindy Bowen's service learning students at Carwise Middle School decided they wanted to take on their own mini-projects this semester.
Bowen, a teacher and faculty adviser for the school's Builders Club, felt this was a big step forward for the service class and encouraged the kids to go for it.
The project decided upon was to conduct a school-wide food drive and work in teams to collect at least 3,000 donations.
The kids learned about the USA Today-sponsored, "Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge," that encourages middle and high school students to hone leadership skills by completing a service-learning project that solves hunger. An entry was submitted.
The students created a project slogan, designed collection boxes, wrote announcements for the school's student-operated television morning show, and produced a video. Some students appealed to favorite teachers, while others attempted to garner staff support through an advertising blitz created on paper plates.
Builders Club student president Cristina Baldino wrote an email to the club's Kiwanis sponsor, Dave Lindeman, asking him to spread the word about the F.E.A.S.T. food drive and Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge, hoping for his organization's support.
In response, Top of the Bay Kiwanis Club members made a donation of 500 non-perishable food items.
By April 15, 1,094 donations had been brought in and the students are waiting to see if their project has won at least $1,000 for the F.E.A.S.T. Food Pantry. Winners will be notified May 15.
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Judith Wylde, a member of Inner Wheel of Dunedin North, accepted a $2,000 check from St. Paul's Lutheran Church on April 21 that will benefit the organization's "Give a Child a Hand" program, which helps provide children in need with upper extremity myoelectric limbs.
Wylde, who is also a member of St. Paul's, applied for the grant from the St. Paul's Endowment Fund.
The Inner Wheel Foundation partners with Hanger Prosthetics Clinics to provide myoelectric limbs for children 18 years of age and younger whose families are without insurance or other means of funding.
Cost per child can be $25,000, plus training. The foundation expects to serve 10 children a year if funds are available.
Hanger has agreed to help 2-year-old Ireland Nugent of Palm Harbor, who recently lost her lower legs in a lawn mower accident, for the rest of her life.
Since partnering with Hanger in 2004, the Inner Wheel U.S.A. Foundation has helped provide nearly $1 million worth of components and services to more than 40 eligible children and maintains a limb bank that refurbishes outgrown components for redistribution.
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