For Immediate Release:
Oct. 4, 2012
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Kenmore to Receive $5,000 Ritz Carlton Student Challenge Award
The Ritz-Carlton has announced that Kenmore Middle School has been selected as the U.S. Grand Prize winner of the 2012 Succeed through Service Student Challenge. The Kenmore Family and Consumer Science (FACS) program will receive $5,000 from The Ritz-Carlton at a special school assembly on Wed, Oct. 10.
As part of Kenmore’s “You CAN make a difference” project, led by FACS teacher Beverly Coyle, students sewed 300 plus re-useable shopping bags for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) out of 50 lb. rice bags. In addition, students held a 48-hour canned food drive where FACS students challenged their peers to see which Teacher Advisory (homeroom) could bring in the most cans to be donated to AFAC. The winning homeroom won Ritz-Carlton breakfast parfaits made by eighth grade Life Management students.
The Succeed through Service Challenge was open to all partner schools and children’s organizations participating in the 2012 Ritz-Carlton Succeed through Service program. Projects were judged on community impact, long-term impact, creativity and originality, and how the grand prize money would be used to promote the Succeed through Service program goals.
Last year was the third year that Kenmore has partnered with The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City and participated in the Succeed through Service program. Other aspects of the project included a student-run café where students sold hot chocolate, lemonade and popcorn. Funds raised from the café were donated to NBC4’s “Wednesday’s Child,” a television feature about adoption that helps find permanent, loving, adoptive families for children in foster care.
Through the partnership, students learned about social etiquette, community service, presentation skills, 21st century workplace ready skills and the hospitality industry. The partnership has had an impact on student attitudes and skills. A few Kenmore students shared what they learned from participating in the program:
“This partnership inspired me because I was never really a helping person, but since this experience, I have changed my attitude and behaviors.”
“I can feel good about myself for making someone’s life just a little bit easier.”
“I was very touched when I learned how many children are abandoned and are in need of parents. I realized I had an opportunity to be proactive and make a difference.
"Kenmore’s partnership with Ritz-Carlton Hotels has proven to be a tremendous benefit to our students and the school community in general. Our collaboration to provide service to our community is both an opportunity and a lesson,” said Kenmore Principal Dr. John Word. “What better engagement than one that fosters an appreciation for our environment and concern for mankind. I want to thank Beverly Coyle for her outstanding vision and commitment to the partnership.”
In addition to celebrating the Succeed through Service program during the assembly, the school will highlight other community service projects conducted at the school last year to encourage more students to become involved in the service projects planned for the 2012-13 school year.
Kenmore is partnering again this year with the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City to participate in the Succeed through Service program.