By: Bethany Ackerman // May 3th, 2017 // Stories
Delmarva Christian High School was presented with, not one, but two Certificates of Excellence awards from Georgetown Mayor Bill West on behalf of the Jefferson Awards Foundation LEAD360 Challenge for outstanding service to the community. The celebratory event recognized two projects initiated by Delmarva Christian to include the school-wide Return to the Community Day held in November and the Christmas For Soldiers collection drive for Home of the Brave veterans in December.
Mayor West states, “It is very rewarding to see young adults getting involved in acts of kindness and learning what helping others is all about.”
LEAD360 is a program offered by the Jefferson Award Foundation that helps empower the youth and their service ideas, as well as acknowledges community service projects. Launched in 2010, this program has recognized over 6,900 Delaware youth in 578 service projects in collaboration with the offices of seven Mayors including Dover, Georgetown, Lewes, Milford, Newark, Seaford, and Wilmington.
Sam Beard, Founder and President Emeritus of the Jefferson Awards stated, “LEAD360 is designed to seek outstanding youth ideas and replicate them nationwide. For the past seven years, Delaware has been the nation’s leader in this program and has once again distinguished itself by the number of youth engaged, lives impacted and people activated.”
Other organizations receiving awards along with DCHS included Gillian McDerment and individuals from the Jefferson School. The collective impact of this year’s Delaware projects had a financial value of over $49,000 and impacted 7,400 lives.