By Jim Purcell
This weekend marks the culmination of a semester-long service project that began on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. More than 600 youth from 20 schools and youth groups have been working alongside the Jefferson Awards, Communities in Schools of Wilmington, Communities In Schools of Delaware and the Food Bank of Delaware to address some of the most challenging issues facing our state and nation including poverty, childhood hunger and the environment.
As part of the Semester of Service, 15 schools from across the state competed in a food drive competition to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware. In total, close to 6,000 pounds of food was collected for hungry Delawareans. Coming in third place among Communities In School across the state, Milford Central Academy collecting 741 pounds of food for the less fortunate.
On Friday, April 20, approximately 60 Communities In Schools students from Milford Central Academy, Dover High School and Georgetown Middle School volunteered at the Food Bank’s Milford facility.
Five-hundred other students volunteered their time at 23 other service sites across the state on Saturday, April 21. They include the Sunday Breakfast Mission, Christina River Watershed Clean Up, Delaware Greenways, Friends of the Wilmington Parks, Garfield Park, Rockwood, Brandywine Zoo and the Ronald McDonald House, to name a few.
Global Youth Service Day is the world’s largest and longest running youth-led event celebrated in more than 100 countries with millions of children and youth participating annually in April and initiated by Youth Service America. This event aims to engage a global culture of young people committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership and achievement. Each year, millions of children and youth around the world work together with schools, youth organizations, non-profits, community and faith based organizations, government agencies, volunteer service programs and other individuals to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities.