Youth United Way raises more than $15K for community projects

Monday, May 12, 2008
Youth United Way recently named its 2008 grant recipients. Representatives of those grants were, from left, Mary Gosche, University of Missouri, Stacy Taylor, Community Caring Council THRIVE Initiative and Lauren Payton and Gina Azuma, Young Life of Southeastern Missouri for WyldLife. Submitted photo

Youth United Way members conducted campaigns this year at Central, Jackson, Notre Dame Regional, Saxony Lutheran and Scott City high schools to raise money for support of projects addressing teen pregnancy prevention and youth substance abuse. The group raised more than $15,303 and awarded $9,920 in grants at its annual banquet sponsored by Procter & Gamble and held at Dexter Bar-B-Que in Cape Girardeau. Remaining funds will be used to help families in the community.

The Youth United Way uses teamwork to raise money and serve the community. The group elects its own officers, develops its own policies and takes on the issues it decides are important.

The purpose of Youth United Way is to involve area high school students in the United Way by building an understanding of community needs, instilling a philanthropic spirit, developing leadership skills and realizing the role of United Way in the community. The program gives youths the opportunity to participate in the community in the same way adults do.

For more information, call 334-9634 or visit www.UnitedWayofSEMO.org.

Submitted photo Members of Youth United Way were pictured front, from left: Ali Yuen of Central High School, Anna Essner of Notre Dame Regional High School, Staci Floyd of Saxony Lutheran High School and Raechel Batz of Jackson High School; back row: Katie Bey of Notre Dame, Bailey Duncan of Jackson and Quitman McBride III of Central.
KIT DOYLE ~ kdoyle@semissourian.com West Lane Elementary fourth graders picked teams near the property line at Cape Girardeau County Park North Wednesday, May 7, 2008 that the County Commission is considering selling to Drury Corp.
KIT DOYLE ~ kdoyle@semissourian.com The football game of fourth graders from West Lane Elementary took them past the property line at Cape Girardeau County Park North Wednesday, May 7, 2008, where the County Commission is considering selling to Drury Corp.
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