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2017 Students In Action Competition

Posted by on April 19th, 2017

Delaware hosted its annual Student In Action competitions on April 8th at MOT Charter High School and April 12th at Delaware Technical Community College. The nine schools competing were: Cape Henlopen High School, Early College High School, Delmar High School, Lake Forest High School, Newark Charter Jr/Sr High School, St. Elizabeth High School, Sussex Technical High School, Thomas McKean High School and Tower Hill School. A panel of judges from various community organizations evaluated how Delaware Students In Action members described their leadership, engagement, and impact this year through their service efforts.

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Cape Henlopen High School participated in 23 service projects throughout the year to accomplish their goals of helping and making a difference in the community, inspiring the passion of service in others, and self improvement. Through their JROTC/Students In Action program, they spoke about their structure and passion for service in helping community organizations.

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Delmar High School was one of two Jobs for Delaware Graduates (JDG) schools competing for the first time and shared powerful and emotional testimonials from their Wildcat Wellness Pantry operations throughout the year, as well as their toiletry drive event and collections for both Fall and Mid Winter Conferences.

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Early College High School spoke about the vision of their Hornets In Action program to be the local go-to for community outreach and shared stories of their Hoops for Hunger/Haiti project, Penny Wars, Unicef Trick Or Treat, and Rock Your Socks event.

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Lake Forest High School was the second of two JDG schools competing for the first time and was able to share how they engaged their school in service during the Haunted Hallways event, Kettle Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army, and by collecting items for the Fall and Mid Winter Conferences.

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Newark Charter Jr/Sr High School, our reigning winner from 2015-2016, shared their motto with the audience: Do Service. Promote Service. Love Service. The students engage all four grades of the student body in service through their Breast Cancer Awareness Week, T-Shirt Blanket Drive, Zumbathon, and (B+)lacklight Dance.Blog 6

St. Elizabeth High School achieved all of their goals for 2016-2017 by creating two new projects, developing a new leadership structure, partnering with other groups to expand impact, recruit underclassmen, and keep their school involved. They shared stories of their many events throughout the year like their Jingle Bell Run, Peanut Butter Drive, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Rock the Socks, Christmas Card Collection, Penny Race, and Day of Service.

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Sussex Technical High School’s motto is: “Ravens for a Cause” who spread their wings throughout the school and community to make a difference. Sussex Tech certainly demonstrated their commitment to their motto in their projects ranging from Positive Post It Notes, Thankful Turkeys to faculty members, Boxes of Joy for homeless shelters, a coat drive for the Ace Peer Center, and collecting the most items of any school for the Fall SIA conference.Blog 8

Thomas McKean High School’s team, a hybrid of Best Buddies, National Honor Society, and Rho Kappa leveraged their robust team of 42 members throughout the year and were able to host a Best Buddy Ball, serve meals for the Red Clay Presbyterian Church Breakfast Mission, and donate over $3,500 and hundreds of in-kind donations to Polar Bear Plunge, Down Syndrome Association of Delaware and Best Buddies.

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The winning school representing Delaware at the Jefferson Awards Foundation National ceremony in Washington, D.C. is Tower Hill School. Tower Hill hosted and formed partnerships to perform many community service projects. From raising $500 at their annual “Hunger Games” tournament to purchase turkeys for the Nor Enterprises Turkey Drive at Thanksgiving, to raising $1,200 at their Hoops for Habitat basketball game for Habitat for Humanity, and leading the school in MLK Day of Service benefiting Emmanuel Dining Hall, Sojourners Place, and the Delaware Humane Society.

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Delaware’s Ambassador school, Charter School of Wilmington will be competing in the Ambassador Competition later this month and was able to provide peer judges for the April 8th competition and extra help. We look forward to hearing how they perform in the ambassador level competition!

Charter School of Wilmington

The Jefferson Awards High Schools throughout the State of Delaware documented over 105,000 hours of community service which represents over $2.4M of financial impact to the community.


2017 Students In Action Mid Winter Conference

Posted by on February 10th, 2017

On February 4th, 2017 over 130 attendees spent their Saturday at Seaford High School for the 3rd Annual Students In Action Mid Winter Conference hosted by the Jefferson Awards Foundation. For the first time since the conference’s inception, the weather permitted to host the conference on the originally scheduled date.

This year’s conference drew in special guest facilitators from Wilmington University, United Way of Delaware, Association of Fundraising Professionals – Brandywine Chapter, The Seaford Star, and The Charter School of Wilmington. Special guests for the day included Mayor David Genshaw of Seaford, WBOC TV’s Mary Borger, Mr. Jim Martin of the ACE Peer Center, and Braeden Mannering, Founder of 3B Brae’s Brown Bags.

Sessions ranged from learning about marketing, to identifying community needs, to life mapping, to fundraising, to understanding leadership. Attendees rotated through sessions throughout the day, one of which included activating three service projects: Brae’s Brown Bags which is a healthy food project for the homeless; a canned food drive to benefit Sussex County schools’ food pantries; and a positive messaging project for Seaford High School’s  Positivity Week. Attendees brought in over 980 items for the service projects. At the end of the day, students heard compelling stories from 13 year old Braeden Mannering, who started Brae’s Brown Bags when he was just 9 years old, and Jim Martin, Director at the ACE Peer Center in Seaford who received the bags for his day shelter for homeless individuals.

Students from the fundraising session also had the opportunity to compete with their own “Shark Tank” pitch for the chance to win $200 for the nonprofit organization of their choice. The winning group chose to donate the money to AutumnLeaf Fundraisers, which was founded by Sierra RyanWallick, a Students In Action member in attendance at the conference. The nonprofit raises money annually for Forgotten Cats, a local organization dedicated to finding homes for stray animals. A special thank you to United Way of Delaware, Association of Fundraising Professionals – Brandywine Chapter, Wilmington University, and Jefferson Awards Foundation for contributing to the cash prize.

Thank you to our dynamic student leaders and advisors from the following schools and organizations for making this Mid Winter Conference one for the books. Cape Henlopen High School, Caesar Rodney High School, Charter School of Wilmington, Delaware Homeschool Group, Delmar High School, First State Community Action Agency, Lake Forest High School, MERIT, MOT Charter High School, Newark High School, Positive Outcomes Charter High School, Seaford High School, Sussex Central High School, Sussex Technical High School, Teens In Perspective – Girls Rock Sussex County Chapter, and Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club.

MOT Charter Activates Brae’s Brown Bags

Posted by on February 10th, 2017

Students at MOT Charter school in Middletown, DE activated a “3B ripple” of Brae’s Brown Bags and donated over 400 bags of healthy snacks, toiletries, and notes of encouragement to Our Daily Bread and Neighborhood House. Delaware native Braeden Mannering, of Bear, DE, was at the school during the day to inspire and engage the students around the project. Braeden, alongside his mom Christy, spoke passionately about how he started Brae’s Brown Bags when he was just 9 years old. Braeden carried that inspiration to his organization’s motto: that all individuals, including the homeless, deserve access to healthy food. Now, at age 13, Braeden has the classification of an official nonprofit 501 ©(3) and has donated over 8,500 bags to those in need. Students at MOT Charter loved hearing Braeden’s message and participating in the service. Thanks to the school, staff, and parents and guardians who all assisted in making the day spectacular!


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Upcoming Events

May 16, 2016 National Judging Begins
May 31, 2016 National Winners Chosen
Jun 15, 2016 National Winners announced at Jefferson Awards National Celebration in Washington D.C.
Nov 12, 2016 Students in Action Fall Leadership Conference
Nov 22, 2016 NOR Enterprises Turkey Drive
Feb 4, 2017 *Tentative* Students in Action Mid-Winter Conference
Feb 11, 2017 *Tentative* Students in Action Mid-Winter Conference Snow Date

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