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Torchbearers Xi - Project Team 1

Raised by the Power of 10 Men

Name of Team Captain: Brian Champlin

Team Member Names:  Chanell David, Davis Jones, Laurel Crawford, Shundra Brown

Agency Assisted:  Raised by the Power of 10 Men

Agency Contact:  Ferlisa Dotson

Project’s Thematic Area: Public Education and Improving Montgomery's Image

Project Location: Shundra Brown - Southlawn Middle School; Brian Champlin - Goodwyn Middle School; Laurel Crawford - Bellingrath Middle School; Chanell Davis - Peter Crump Elementary School; Davis Jones - Davis Elementary School

Final Description of Your Project:  Now that your project is ready for implementation, or on the way to being implemented, describe the project in detail.

Our project, in conjunction with Montgomery Public Schools was called Raised by the Power of Ten men. We collaborated with five elementary and middle schools to enhance and improve the 1st day of school experience for all the students. We worked with volunteers to greet MPS students with cheers and applause and to distribute silicone bracelets for each student with the slogan "Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow", to elevate spirits. 

Who will this project serve? Students within the Montgomery Public Schools System, volunteers, school administrators, and parents.

How many people will benefit from this project? Goodwyn Middle School - 538 Students; Davis Elementary School - 470 Students; Southlawn Middle School - 545 Students; Peter Crump Elementary School - 600 Students; Bellingrath Middle School - 580 Students. Estimated student total - 2,733* + Community Volunteers, Parents and School Administrators. (*Student Data was obtained from information publically posted on www.greatschools.org as current through 7/11/2019.)

Have other agencies, groups or individuals been involved?  If yes, who are they and how were they involved? No, Only 21 Dreams members along with our project group

Will this be an on-going project or a one-time project? While this is the first year that Leadership Montgomery has participated, it is the fourth year of the program. The vision is to continue the project on a yearly basis.

If it will be an on-going project, who will carry it forward? Recruited volunteers.

Describe exactly how your project will be implemented. We collectively created and received approval from our five schools. We designed and obtained 3,000 promotional wristbands and distributed to students as a positive take-away. We created an online sign-up list for volunteers and a Facebook page. We coordinated with the schools to arrange parking and where each member set up for the power-hour (7 a.m. to 8 a.m.). During that time, an outpour of encouragement and cheers were given to the students. Our goal was to show the students that everyone supports them, but specifically men throughout the River Region.

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