Cocoa Beach High School in Cocoa Beach Honored For Their Leadership in Service
Posted by Michele Fidance on May 2nd, 2016
The Jefferson Awards-Deloitte Students in Action (SIA) program is proud to announce that Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School has been selected as the Central Florida Recipient For Outstanding Service By a High School and will represent Central Florida at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony and Gala Event in Washington, DC, June 15th -17th. Cocoa Beach was selected at the 2016 Regional Competition held Thursday in Melbourne. They were chosen by a panel of local judges for their Leadership, Engagement and Impact around service in their school and for their philanthropic contribution to the community. They have helped to pave the way for greater volunteerism throughout Central Florida.
During the 2015-2016 school year the Cocoa Beach SIA team lived their vision statement of making a lasting difference in the world around them. From the beginning they realized they wanted to focus on the health and well being of their community and dedicate their time and efforts to give back to people, groups and organizations, even those in their own school. They hosted and partnered with other school groups on many community service projects in support of local and national organizations with both monetary and in-kind support. From giving the opportunity to Les Stafford to participate in Honor Flight, to giving tangible gifts to students through their Secret Santa Toy Drive, to giving the gift of a prosthetic limb to those in need through Limbs International, this group saw a need and worked to fill it. The team also collected and donated 800 lbs. of food, collected and donated 104 books, donated 170 pints of blood, served 160 meals and collected and donated 76 articles of clothing. Through all their efforts this year the Cocoa Beach SIA team tracked over 21,000 service hours in their school which has had a financial impact of over $491,000 to the community.
The Jefferson Awards High Schools throughout Central Florida documented 183,000 hours of community service which represents over $3.9M of financial impact to the region. The schools that participated in the competition this year were: Bayside High School, Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School, Cornerstone Charter Academy, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School, Eustis High School, Leesburg High School, Mt. Dora High School and Oviedo High School.
Thank you to the following schools that participated:
Leesburg High School
Eustis High School
Oviedo High School
Cornerstone Charter Academy
Mt. Dora High School
Bayside High School
Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School