El Camino High School – #VoicesofJAF
July 27, 2016 by mitchellcohen
“Next year we will take on the role of an ambassador school and continue to push ourselves even further to lead, inspire and serve, to better the world around us.”
After beating hundreds of competing schools across the country to become the top Students In Action team in 2015, El Camino High School was more determined than ever to impact their community. Their mission this year was to expand their service by building a culture of volunteerism and promoting inclusivity. They succeeded.
In June they won the Bronze award and were celebrated at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony in Washington, DC.
Throughout the year, El Camino students raised $26,000 for charity in cash, clothing, and school supplies. But this wasn’t the only impact they had on their community. These students strived to make others smile through service. They spread happiness and inclusivity on Valentines Day by making and distributing 1,500 cards for students and staff. They also created a Twitter account called Smile High that offers encouragement and motivation and recognizes achievements — whether winning a championship or facing the day when it seems most daunting.
Next year, El Camino’s SIA team has another challenge ahead. With all of their success, they will become an ambassador school where they will mentor other teams and compete against those who have won nationally. We know they’re up to the task. Team President Melinda McMonigle said, “Next year we will take on the role of an ambassador school and continue to push ourselves even further to lead, inspire and serve, to better the world around us.”
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