Daviess Events 300DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (1/27/20) — Twenty-two schools across the city and county are participating in the program and all will present at the celebration taking place at the RiverPark Center 4-6 p.m. today, school officials reported.

The first hour of the event will welcome the community into the lobby of the RiverPark to learn about the array of projects at an exhibition where each school will display their project in a showcase setting, said Sara Hemmingway, director of the Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation in Owensboro. Cookies and lemonade will be served to help celebrate the Young Foundation’s 20th Anniversary and the leadership of these students.

The second hour will be held in Cannon Hall where many of the schools will present the purpose and process of their project on stage to the audience, Hemmingway reported. The ideas of these students are incredibly diverse and have potential for meaningful impactful in, and even beyond, the community. Some examples: Country Heights Elementary School built an outdoor learning space for all students to explore nature and wildlife in the real world. Owensboro Catholic High School hosted a backpack drive for emergency foster care situations. The students of Sutton Elementary School also created an outdoor classroom which included a sensory area for students who are overstimulated in the general population.

As a part of a new strategy to develop leadership within Daviess County, the Marilyn and William Young Foundation designed a Student Leadership Grant Program to engage with young leaders last year. All schools in the three local school districts were invited to develop a service project that addresses a community or school need they determined and could resolve. To empower the younger generation in our community to complete their project, they were awarded a $1000 dollar grant for each participating school. Students and their teachers or project leaders are currently in the midst of organizing and enacting their projects. Through our 20th Anniversary Celebration, we hope to introduce these projects to our community and to highlight the leadership and problem-solving potential of students across our area.

“Our Board was astounded by the thoughtful and impactful projects that were created and led by these student-leaders,” comments Sara Hemingway, Executive Director of the Foundation. “I hope that the lobby of the RiverPark Center is packed full on the 27th with community members who come to view and be inspired by the excellent accomplishments of our local schoolchildren. The creativity and drive of these students is actively fulfilling our vision to create a thriving, progressive community.”

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