Menchville High School Lead4Change Team Named Grand Prize Winner
Fare Share, Menchville High School’s Lead4Change team, was named a grand prize winner in the Lead4Change Challenge, a yearly challenge that offers awards to schools whose students demonstrate leadership, community action and community impact.
The Menchville team engaged in several diverse service projects to benefit the community during the 2018 –19 school year, including food drives and anti-bullying campaigns. This is the team’s fifth year with Lead4Change, and they’ve donated more than 25,000 pounds of food, raised nearly $15,000 for various causes, created and sustained a school food pantry and backpack program, cultivated a school garden, raised awareness for a variety of issues and created educational videos, books and more. The Fare Share team has been awarded $51,000, which has been given to local non-profits THRIVE Peninsula and the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank. This is the team’s second grand prize award in five years. The team presented the $10,000 award check to THRIVE Peninsula during an award ceremony in September.
Lead4Change (formerly Lead2Feed) is a national organization supporting student leadership development and civic action across all 50 states. The Lead4Change Student Leadership Program guides students through lessons to develop a service project that addresses a community need while teaching valuable skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration.
Newport News Public Schools Receives 2019 Environmental Education and Stewardship Grants
Newport News Public Schools has received an Environmental Education and Stewardship Grant from Dominion Energy in the amount of $5,000 to support a new environmental science course. The grant will provide funding to purchase kayaks, life vests and paddles for students to participate in a watershed educational experience at Mariners’ Museum’s Lake Maury. The grant will also be used to obtain teacher certifications from the American Canoeing Association.
Dominion Energy has awarded $1.6 million in grants through its philanthropic arm, Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, to 135 organizations working to improve natural spaces or teach about the environment.
This annual program considers grant requests from eligible nonprofits and schools that focus on specific, short-term projects that promise measurable results to improve the environment.