Students from Randall Middle School won one of the three Making an Impact national awards announced by Kids Voting USA.
Randall students Madison Dowdy, Hunter Harvey, Elizabeth Hoepner and Alisa Reneau won the sixth through eighth grade Making an Impact award for the Randall Area Youth Service Council (RAYS) 2011 project on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.
They involved the entire school in creating a display in the shape of a flag, made up of individual markers bearing the names of each 9/11 victim.
RAYS is an elective course initiated by the school’s service learning coordinator, Kristy Verdi, as a service club in 2007. RAYS members have participated in a number of service projects since then.
The winners and sponsors are receiving an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington. D.C., where they will be headlining the Engaging Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s Civic Leadership symposium March 29. The half-day event also will showcase civic engagement experts and provide the audience with a unique, international perspective on civic engagement.
Directly following the symposium, the organization is hosting a fundraiser luncheon. Mike McCurry, who served as a press secretary for the Bill Clinton administration, is the keynote speaker. McCurry is a supporter of civic engagement activities and has previously headlined KVUSA conferences. The Making an Impact winners and the Educator of the Year also will be recognized at the luncheon.
For more information about KVUSA or the symposium, go to http://kidsvotingusa.org/EYT2012/.