Menchville High School’s Fair Share club earned second place in the nationwide Lead4Change competition. More than 11,000 school organizations in all 50 states entered the competition.
According to the judges, the team demonstrated creativity, leadership, teamwork, and perseverance. The judges recognized the club’s impact on the community and local culture with their work again this year. The result is a $500 donation to the club’s non-profit community partner, THRIVE Peninsula. THRIVE Peninsula offers financial and supportive services to families and individuals in crisis. The students also supported THRIVE Peninsula through a social media campaign in the GiveLocal757 Fundraiser.
The Newport News Public School’s club did such good deeds as creating an anti-bullying campaign, outdoor learning center clean-up, Thanksgiving canned food collection, United Way campaign, teacher room cleaning, virtual talent show fundraiser, and construction, according to Fair Share Club Sponsor Peter Mercier.
They also completed animation/comic-strip videos about anxiety and depression. In addition, they maintained social media platforms, food pantry and backpack program, plus the school garden, he said.
In six years, the Fair Share club has earned two first place and grand prize awards, three second place awards, and an honorable mention award totaling $51,500 in award money for the Peninsula Foodbank and THRIVE Peninsula, he added.