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Education Service Leader - Troy Athens High School
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.