Teams from several areas schools participated in the Jefferson Awards Foundation Students in Action competition. The national nonprofit organization partnered with Subaru of Indiana (SIA) and local schools to build leaders and promote community engagement. The program empowers students to choose their own public service passion and engage their entire school to create an impact.
McCutcheon High School earned a gold, while teams from Battle Ground, Klondike, Southwestern and Wea Ridge middle schools won silver. Their projects ranged from adopting residents at a local nursing home to collecting care packages for military service men and women.
McCutcheon qualified for the regional competition. Their learning project involved raising money for Grant's house by hosting a dance marathon. Grant's House provides after-school and summer programming for children and young adults with special needs.
"Students met three times a week to discuss, organize and plan this event," says Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Laila Lemcharfi. "Students had to call local business and organizations to get donations for food, supplies, and raffle drawing prizes. The event raised $555."