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5:02 AM Tue, Nov. 20th

Bagdad students mobilize to tackle hunger

The MIJTED Satellite Program in Culinary Arts at Bagdad High School, and its instructor, Shaun Rose, will be awarded $5,000 for their school's nonprofit of choice engaged in hunger relief as part of the third annual Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge.

The nation's leading and fastest growing free service learning program, Lead2Feed aims to solve world hunger by teaching leadership skills to students. Since its inception in 2012, nearly a million students in 3,500 schools and clubs participated across all 50 states donating more than 22,000 volunteer hours and one million meals to hungry families. The program was developed by the USA Today Charitable Foundation, with support from Lift a Life Foundation and Yum! Brands Foundation.

To win the Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge, students from Bagdad formed teams and created programs to end local and global hunger. This year, more than 1,000 teachers nationwide registered as Lead2Feed members. From those educators who submitted student-led projects, Bagdad was selected as a grand prize recipient

Mrs. Rose and 13 of her middle school and high school Culinary Arts students who traveled to Prescott to work with the Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ), preparing and serving food to 150-200 clients in Yavapai County.

"Inspiration is one of the many words that come to mind when I think of the hundreds of thousands of students finding ways to combat and understand world hunger in their local communities," said David Novak, executive chairman of Yum! Brands, Inc. "Lead2Feed provides the opportunity to teach the next generation of leaders how to lead the right way-with compassion and understanding-this program is making the world a better place for generations to come."

The Lead2Feed curriculum incorporates leadership principles from Novak's book, "TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen." Students get hands-on experience with Novak's idea that the only way to make big things happen is to have other people on your side.

"We are very pleased to be awarding Bagdad students for the admirable work they have accomplished in their communities through the Lead2Feed Program this year," said Diane Barrett, president of the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation. "After only one year in the Lead2Feed program, we are amazed to see the experiences this service-learning program has brought to students Bagdad. Not only are they actively learning but they are learning important skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity."

Mountain Institute, one of 14 Arizona JTEDs (Joint Technical Education Districts), serves high-school eligible students in western Yavapai County, including public, private, charter, home school, and accommodation school students. Education partners include Yavapai College and the following Unified School Districts: Ash Fork, Bagdad, Chino Valley, Humboldt, Mayer, Prescott and Seligman.