(Michigan Community Service Coalition, July 13, 2017)
Troy, MI – Among the 49 winners of 2017 Governor’s Service Awards were six people or groups from Oakland County, including Troy Athens High School.
The winners are individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations that were selected for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy. “These individuals and organizations are role models for other people to follow. The impact they have on other people’s lives is incredible,” Snyder said. “They show us how to overcome obstacles and do good things for other people. They demonstrate tremendous spirit and we are thrilled to recognize them.”
The Governor’s Service Awards winners will be honored during a special ceremony hosted by the Michigan Community Service Commission on Monday, Aug. 21, at the Detroit Opera House. The event will also commemorate the Michigan Community Service Commission’s 25th anniversary.
Education Service Leader Award: honors schools, colleges, universities and other organizations that support youth making a difference in their communities.
Troy Athens High School is committed to service learning opportunities and creating a service culture led by students. The school curriculum includes unique classes like Innovation Learning and Leadership to provide students with the opportunity for service project-based learning experiences.
Some projects include founding Threads for Teens Detroit, a charity that provides shopping experiences for girls in foster care, and service trips to Haiti (2016) and the Dominican Republic (2017) to deliver supplies and participate in construction and other volunteer work for local schools. The students have also created a school store, Corner Collection, managed by them to provide free clothing for students with challenges.
The largest act of service by Troy Athens High School is their annual Charity Week produced entirely by the students each February. In the last 10 years, it has raised $500,000 for charities through various student led activities. “Beyond the dollars that were raised, what I witnessed during Charity Week at Athens High School was far greater than any dollar amount could be. The students, the staff, the community, they all came together and supported each other in miraculous ways,” said Paula Kast, President of the Jenna Kast Believe in Miracles Foundation.