Funding, Grants & Awards
Leadership Award-Winning Schools Get $5,000 in Tech Tools
Five teachers and their schools around the United
each receive $5,000 of technology tools as recipients of the Lead2Feed
In a program developed by the USA
Today Charitable Foundation,
Brands Foundation and the Lift
a Life Foundation, the five schools
were selected at random from a group of schools that submitted their
World Hunger Challenge projects into the competition.
All the qualifying student-led projects were intended
with local hunger relief organizations and do everything from volunteer
food pantries to author children's books about hunger and deliver care
to families in need.
The financial awards, underwritten by the Yum! Brands
Foundation, are intended to be used to obtain tablets and computers that
students and their teachers can use in their efforts to make meaningful
in their communities.
The winning schools are:
School, Lawton, OK, which collected $4,000
non-perishable food and $1,243 in cash donations for the local
High School, Virginia Beach, VA, which collected
to fill 300 bags of groceries that were then distributed to local
High School Gifted Leadership Program, Harlan, KY,
collected 30,000 pounds of food for people in need at a local event
by the Kentucky State Police. The students also shopped for a week's
groceries for a hypothetical family of five living at poverty level to
sense of how difficult it is to do so;
High School, Erie, PA, which led an information
on hunger issues in conjunction with the second Harvest Food Bank; and
School, Chattanooga, TN, which hosted a fall
that raised $850 for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and collected more
pounds of canned goods during a Halloween trick-or-treating event.
Another similar drawing will be held in late March
those school projects, along with the ones above, the one with the most
outstanding student-led hunger relief project will win up to $25,000 for
charitable partner and $20,000 for its school.
Schools interested in applying to be eligible have
until March 15 to submit
"Lead2Feed provides educators with a
experience for students that teaches collaboration, communication,
thinking and creativity," said Diane Barrett, president of the USA Today
The Common Core-aligned Lead2Feed program sponsored
three foundations incorporates a curriculum that includes leadership
described in "Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make Big Things
written by David Novak, executive chairman of Yum! Brands.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.