Two service initiatives at Mercy Academy to aid women, children, immigrants and refugees have won attention — and prizes — from the national Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program.
The monetary prizes will benefit the Center for Women and Families and the Americana Community Center. Mercy’s technology program will also receive an award.
The first initiative involved efforts to curtail violence against women and children. Students carried out two projects “Nonviolence/Women & Children and Educating for Nonviolence Daily (E.N.D.) to raise awareness about domestic violence.
The effort won $10,000 — which will benefit the Center for Women and Families. Mercy’s technology program will also receive a $5,000 grant.
The second initiative involves immigrants and refugees. Students conducted two projects — Fresh A.I.R. (Aiding Immigrants and Refugees) and Breathe in Change. Students raised close to $1,200 to benefit the Americana Community Center. They also visited with and interacted with those served by the center.
For these efforts, the school received $1,000, which will benefit Americana. Mercy’s technology program also received a $1,000 grant.
The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program has more than one million student participants from 5,000 schools and clubs in all 50 states, according to a statement from the organization.