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Raytown High School Students Earn National Honors in the Lead2Feed Challenge
Raytown High School Students Earn National Honors in the Lead2Feed Challenge
Posted on 05/19/2017
Raytown High School students in the student leadership organization, Jay Crew, and their sponsor Josh Reichert have, for the second year in a row, secured a $10,000 charity grant and $5,000 in technology products for the school by finishing in the top ten of 5,000 schools participating in a Lead2Feed Student Leadership project. Raytown High School is the only school in Missouri to place in the top 15 in the nation.

The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program is the nation’s leading and fastest-growing free service learning program, attracting more than a million students in 5,000 schools and clubs across all 50 states.

Jay Crew invited all schools in the Raytown School District and the community to participate in their Lead2Feed project. Raytown High students Romeo Bagunu, Madilyn Baker, Giovanna Burris, Mason Fair, Cecilie Fowler, Gabriela Goerler, Angel Johnson, Madison Pragman, and Hope Romero coordinated the project and they selected Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP) as the charity to benefit from their assistance.  

Raytown High School graduate David Novak, now the Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands started the program as an innovative way to get high school and middle school students to tackle hunger in their community.  The program is aligned with 21st-century skills and encourages students to develop leadership, literacy, and teamwork skills as part of their curriculum. 

During the week of March 27, the Raytown High School Jay Crew sponsored a district-wide "Hunger Games Food Drive" benefiting REAP with a culminating community drive on Saturday, April 1. This year, students collected more than 26,000 non-perishable items and almost $2000 in donations for REAP. The $10,000 charity grant awarded to the students by Lead2Feed will also be donated to REAP. 

Jay Crew sponsor Josh Reichert is so proud of his students, thankful for the lessons they have learned, and grateful for the community support students received along the way. “If we, Raytown C-2 School District, want to accomplish something, then we can accomplish it by working together.  Because of our success, REAP will be stocked until the fall because our one drive stocked their food pantry for about 5 months.  Imagine what other things we could accomplish!  Thank you, Raytown!”
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