Five Carroll ISD students have been named to the 2010-2011 Lone Star Youth Leadership Council. The students are among 147 outstanding young student leaders from across the state who successfully completed Education in Action’s 2010-2011 Lone Star Youth Leadership Council program. Each student received a certificate of merit for their dedication to developing their leadership skills and their service to their communities.
The students are:
- EvanClary, 7th grader, Carroll Middle School, 1st Year Member Project: Book Drive for Youth World Community Outreach Center -Youth World Community Outreach Center in Dallas received 86 books donated through a book drive that Evan held at his school. He said, “Giving these books to expand the library gave me a feeling that I was helping to broaden the students’ education futures. It felt great to give back to the community.” Sponsor: Ms. Rebecca Rosendahl, Teacher.
- CarolineFreden, 8th grader, Dawson Middle School, 1st Year Member Project: Christmas Colors for Kids -Caroline and Megan Jorgensen, another LSYLC member, created 140 Christmas coloring and activity books that were donated along with packages of crayons to the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. In addition, they worked with 5th graders at another school to make 114 “Get Well Soon” and “Feel Better” cards which were also distributed to the patients. Caroline said, “The accomplishment of this project makes me happy because I know that I helped to put a smile on the faces of many children who needed a smile the most.” Sponsor: Mrs. Michelle Freden, Mother.
- Devan Freeman, 7th grader, Carroll Middle School, 2nd Year Member Project: Meals on Wheels Tarrant County – Devan and his church school classmates at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church collected several pounds of food, personal hygiene items and pet food for clients at Meals on Wheels Tarrant County. Hesaid, “The harsh winter weather caused my project to be less successful than I thought it would be. Class cancellations caused lower donations. After seeing the shelves at Meals on Wheels, I know that any contribution is greatly appreciated and my project will help several clients.” Sponsor: Mrs. Colleen Horan, Church School Teacher.
- Megan Jorgensen, 8th grader, Dawson Middle School, 1st Year Member Project: Christmas Colors for Kids – Megan and Caroline Freden, another LSYLC member, created 140 Christmas coloring and activity books that were donated along with packages of crayons to the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. In addition, they worked with 5th graders at another school to make 114 “Get Well Soon” and “Feel Better” cards which were also distributed to the patients. Megan said, “This was a great and rewarding project. It was a lot of work and took lots of time, but, in the end, knowing that the books hopefully brightened some child’s day, it was all worth it.” Sponsor: Mrs. Michelle Freden, Caroline Freden’s Mother.
- WilliamStone, 8th grader, Dawson Middle School, 1st Year Member Project: Diabetic Alert Dog Fund Website -William updated his Diabetic Alert Dog Fund website by adding new pictures, rewriting the mission statement and adding more information about how these dogs assist people with diabetes. He said, “I gained a sense of accomplishment for the good of the diabetic community and I learned a lot more about organizational skills.” Sponsor: Mrs. Michelle Austin, Gifted and Talented Language Arts Teacher.
These students participated in this year’s Lone Star Leadership Academy, a week long leadership development program offered during spring and summer breaks by Education in Action.
As graduates of this program, the students were invited to join Education in Action’s alumni program, the Lone Star Youth Leadership Council, to receive leadership training during the school year. In addition to completing three leadership skill-building lessons, each student identified a need in his or her community and initiated and implemented a service project of his or her choosing to fill that need.
To provide an opportunity for hands-on leadership skill development, each student was required to lead at least two others in their project. Members documented their projects in a portfolio. The portfolios will be on display at registration for 2011 Lone Star Leadership Academy programs to inspire future Lone Star Leadership Academy alumni to follow in their footsteps. To view the entire list click here.