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Port Chester Students Win National Lead2Feed Award

These rubber wrist bands worn by eighth-grader in Port Chester School District represent a school-wide effort to raise $10,000 for Water for Sudan, an African charity.
These rubber wrist bands worn by eighth-grader in Port Chester School District represent a school-wide effort to raise $10,000 for Water for Sudan, an African charity. Photo Credit: Caryn Furst, Port Chester School District

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Port Chester Middle School eighth-graders won a grand prize in the national "Lead2Feed" challenge.

The 49 students take teacher Allison Silverman’s Leadership classes and worked together to envision and implement a project to raise money for a global charity.

The students’ project, inspired by the book “A Long Walk to Water,” is a school-wide effort to raise $10,000 for Water for Sudan, an African charity that builds wells in villages in South Sudan.

Out of 2500 entries, PCMS Leadership students won one of six grand prizes: $25,000 to add to their donation to Water for Sudan and $10,000 in technology supplies for Port Chester Middle School.

The 8th grade Leadership students named themselves “PC Hydration Nation” and created a project called 10 for 10,000. In this effort the students are encouraging every student in the school to donate $10 over a 10 week period.

The Alliance Rubber Band company donated 11,000 turquoise wrist bands to encourage fellow students to donate and help create a positive change in the world.

The project is currently in week eight and has raised more than $6,000 to date.

The following are the students/members of PC Hydration Nation:

Isabella Aguirre, Lia Aleman, Tone Alex, Jaclyn Bautista, Jose Cabrera, Blayne Cameron, Inocencia DeJesus, Adriana Duchimaza, Maydelin Farias, Jessica Garcia, Matilde Garcia, Maximilian Gillespi, Riley Gillespie, Esteban Gonzalez, Luis Gonzalez, Jennifer Guzman, Gerardo Hernandez, Julissa Hernandez, Alia James, Ikra Konukcu, Mehmet Konukcu, Jonnathan Loja, Luis Loja, Miguel Lopez, Maira Medina, Anthony Mendez, Aurora Sophia Montenegr, Gopika Nair, Joanna Olivares, Kiara Ortiz, Joshua Payne, Matheus Pereir, Mariela Pineda, Karen Ramos, Diana Rodriguez, Isabel Romero, Xiomara Torres, Oscar Umanzor, and Alex Wilczewski.

Lead2Feed is a free program designed to help middle and high schools across the country teach their students to use their leadership skills to serve others.

To win a Lead2Feed Challenge, the students study leadership lessons, select a service project and then successfully implement it.

Click here to read more about Lead2Feed.

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