11Alive, The Junior League of Atlanta and Arby's Foundation are excited to announce the recipients of the 2015 Kids Who Care Awards. Five high school students will be honored during the 40th 11Alive Community Service Awards, being held Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel.
The five Kids Who Care are chosen for making a difference in our communities. Each recipient will receive a $1,100 scholarship from 11Alive, The Junior League of Atlanta and Arby's Foundation and will be recognized during the 11Alive Community Service Awards and at the spring membership meeting of The Junior League of Atlanta.
The 2015 Kids Who Care are:
- Jack Griffin, a senior at Peachtree Ridge High School, founded FoodFinder, a webpage and app to assist students whose families are food insecure find and connect to local food resources based on their location. He is currently working on expanding the coverage of the website to reach all of the school systems in the state of Georgia.
- Grant Mercer, a junior at Harrison High School, founded Building Buddies, a mentoring program for children residing in homeless shelter. Using Legos, Grant works on math skills as well as creative skills. Reaching out to churches, schools and scout groups, he has collected over $5,000 worth of Legos that he puts in shoe boxes and gives to the children when they leave the shelters. Grant has also developed and maintained a nature sanctuary next to a local elementary school in an area that was overgrown and littered with trash.
- Moira Reed, a senior at Banks County High School, created Steps In Time, a weekly dance class for special needs children. As the president of Banks County Health Occupation Students of America, she has organized Jeans for Teens, a donation program for new or gently used jeans for teenagers, Bears and Blankets, collecting small stuffed animals and blankets for the local police and firefighters to keep in their trucks for children, and Socks for St. Jude, a program to send new socks to the children who are patients at St. Jude's Hospital.
- Josh Seides, a junior at Alpharetta High School, founded Technocademy, a non-profit organization teaching senior citizens and veterans about the tools of modern technology, vital in modern social interaction. The training includes one on one lessons, tutorials, Tips of the Week and Operation T-CUP, an effort to reach seniors and veterans nationwide in partnership with local United Way chapters.
- Kiana Simmons, a senior at Grady High School, created Ladies of Grady, a service organization committed to nurturing, fostering, and strengthening each and every young lady at Grady High School. A mentoring program where the students volunteer at shelters, read to elementary students, provide tutoring services and supporting each other. Kiana also created Perfect Image of Kindness, including her peers with disabilities.
2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the 11Alive Community Service Awards honoring 11 Who Care, outstanding volunteers who have made their community and the world a better place to live through their dedication and service.
Join 11Alive News Anchors Brenda Wood and DeMarco Morgan as they host the 40th annual 11Alive Community Service Awards dinner/show taping Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel. Dinner Co-Chairs for the awards dinner are Arthur M. Blank, Owner, Atlanta Falcons, and Kevin Rathbun, Chef Owner, Rathbun's, Krog Bar, KR Steakbar and Kevin Rathbun Steak. Proceeds from the 2015 dinner will benefit Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Proud sponsors are The Coca-Cola Company and The UPS Foundation. Additional information on the 11Alive Community Service Awards can be found at www.11alive.com/about/CSA.
Watch the 2015 Kids Who Care special below: