The Phoenix School of Discovery is celebrating after it was named one of five national grand prize winners in the sixth annual Lead2Feed Challenge. Watch the news coverage here.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A group of JCPS students facing their own challenges are stepping up to help those battling cancer.
The Phoenix School of Discovery is celebrating after it was named one of five national grand prize winners in the sixth annual Lead2Feed Challenge that encourages students to complete service learning projects to address needs in the community.
The school’s Social Communication Program, made up of eight students on the autism spectrum taught by Lacy Rhoton, decided to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In order to raise funds, the students made presentations in front of groups of people — something that’s far outside their comfort zone.
Rhoton was understandably proud — and impressed — with her students’ progress.
“I cannot believe how far they’ve come, because it’s not in their basic set of skills,” Rhoton said. “It’s a taught skill for them on how to present, how to maintain good posture and body language. I really believe their self esteem and confidence has blossomed.”
The students ended up raising $3,000, and were awarded one of the $10,000 grand prizes that will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The school also received a $2,000 award from Lead2Feed.
One of the student’s brothers is battling Leukemia, and that’s why they chose to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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