This past December, students from Stockbridge High School demonstrated the true meaning of giving. They, along with five other middle and high schools, received a $5,000 grant to purchase technological equipment for their school service project from the Lead2Feed Challenge Early Entry Drawing.

"The Lead2Feed Challenge provides educators with a free turnkey service-learning experience and empowers students to be leaders making a difference in their community and around the globe," says Diane Barrett, Executive Director of the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, Inc, "The twice-a-year Lead2Feed Early Entry Drawings add value and provide another reason for educators and students to get involved."

Under the leadership of teacher Leigh Jackson and through a partnership with their local Community Food Bank, the students at Stockbridge constructed an in-house pantry to address the needs of individuals in their community. Using homework passes and cookies as motivational tools, the team collected over 500 donated items by the end of a three-day drive.

Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands and hunger advocate David Novak spearheads the Lead2Feed program, which is aligned to the Common Core standards. The Lead2Feed Challenge gives students the opportunity to apply those skills by creating service-learning projects that address hunger and various other community issues. Watch the following video for more information about Lead2Feed.

Teachers, if you would like to follow in this dynamic school’s footsteps, you can register your student teams for the free Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program and enter the Lead2Feed Challenge online at www.lead2feed.org. Hurry, the next deadline is March 11, 2016.

We would love to hear about the wonderful work you are doing in your communities across the state of Georgia by leaving a comment below.