Originally Published: May 25, 2017 5:55 a.m.
Empowered to Lead. Inspired to Serve.
Bagdad School’s Team Cottage Crafters was among five student teams from middle and high schools nationwide selected as grand-prize recipients in the fifth annual Lead2Feed Challenge. They will be awarded $20,000 each for their school’s nonprofit of choice and $10,000 technology grants for their school.
Their project, completed by FCCLA and Skills USA students, was to build a “sleeping cottage” for the homeless. Students planned, built and delivered a complete tiny house to Prescott’s Coalition for Compassion and Justice and the United Way.
Since its inception five years ago, the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program is the nation’s leading and fastest growing free student leadership program, attracting more than one million students from 5,000 schools and clubs across all 50 states.
Lead2Feed encourages students to develop leadership, literacy and teamwork skills by completing service learning projects addressing needs in their community. The program is inspired by Co-Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Yum! Brands, and leadership expert, David Novak. The program was developed by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, the Lift a Life Foundation and the Yum! Brands Foundation.
Other grand prize recipients are:
• The Phoenix School of Discovery, Louisville, Kentucky: 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.
• Winton Woods Middle School, Winton Woods, Ohio: 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.
• Eisenhower High School, Lawton, Oklahoma: 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.
• Ogden High School, Ogden, Utah: Students combined lessons of healthy eating, cooking and food collection to empower teens to make wise food and lifestyle choices.
The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program also awarded 10 $10,000 charitable grants and $5,000 technology grants; and 10 $5,000 charitable grants and $2,000 technology grants. Mohave High School in Bullhead City earned the latter for its Team Launching Leaders at NOW-MOM!
For a full list of winners, visit lead2feed.org/updates/program-announcements.