Believe it or not, Delcastle has heroes! Not heroes who fly around catching bad guys, but heroes who stand up and take a step towards a better community. From meetings to festivals these seniors have come to show great passion and motivation to make the world a better place. Albert Fell, Sherita Lowman, and J’Nea Jenkins all made a positive impact on their communities through unique community service projects and programs.
DTHS Lung Cancer 5k Walk/ Run
Biomedical Sciences Senior Albert Fell held a Lung Cancer 5k Walk and Run Festival on Saturday, April 9th. The event started at approximately 9:30am and ended around 2:00pm at Delcastle Technical High School. The purpose of the event was to fund, promote lung health, and fight lung cancer. Albert had a strong and personal motivation stating, “Having experienced death in my family, due to cigarette smoking, I was motivated to take this huge step and plan a walk to raise awareness and funds. I lost both my grandmother and my great grandmother to lung cancer. With such low survival rates, I know firsthand how important it is to fund new treatments, therapies and resources for lung cancer.” The 5k was open to the general public to bring together students, teachers, residents of the community, and supporters of lung cancer. Food, beverages, prizes, activities, and games were available to guests, and participants were eligible for awards. The ultimate goal was to bring the community together, fund, raise awareness, and stomp lung cancer. The event would benefit The American Lung Association in Delaware. The community would also benefit because its people are brought together to learn about one of its major problems and spreading awareness. With the partnership of Bank of America, Albert was able to raise $2,000, which is double the amount his event originally funded! The Lung Cancer 5k was very successful in gathering funds for the cause and teaching people of a very real problem many of our own come to face. Lung cancer is an issue worldwide and just one step can make a huge difference.
Down Syndrome Awareness Family Fun Festival
Sherita Lowman, A senior and girl scout at Delcastle Technical High School also helped to start the end of an issue facing our community. Ms. Lowman also embraced a take action project back in 2015. She held a Down Syndrome Awareness Family Fun Festival on May 30th from 10am to 2pm at Delcastle. The Festival was part of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project in which she completed over 140 hours of community service. The event was to bring the community together, change negative attitudes, and to practice positive interactions between people with intellectual disabilities and others. The Festival was open to the public to play games and eat gluten free food while taking part in an event promoting pure positivity. The goal was for people in the community to get involved in making a difference for children with disabilities. People with Down Syndrome were able to benefit by being able to show others that they have the same interests and needs as any other human being; as a result the community was able to see that people with Down Syndrome aren’t as different as we may think. With the help of volunteers money was raised through bake sales, fish frys, car washing, and donations. The Festival was able to raise $5000, after expenses for the event were paid Sherita donated gluten free pretzels for The Down Syndrome Summer Camp! It’s clear that The Down Syndrome Awareness Family Fun Festival was very productive. Many people were benefitted including The Down Syndrome Summer Camp.
A Step Toward Ending Teen Violence
Final recognition goes out to Delcastle’s J’Nea Jenkins and her friends Brielle Braxton-Young and Karisa Phelps for also occupying their time in effort to make a difference. These girls share a common motivation in their efforts including friends and family gone too soon in violent attacks. As a result to these tragic occurrences they felt obligated to create what is known as #DelawareStrongProject meetings for the community to discuss solutions for its problems. The first meeting was held on May 6th during the club’s weekly Teen Night at the Newark Boys and Girls Club. These meetings are in hope to teach the community about how things that are said online can be impactful in day-to-day life and to stride toward ending teen violence. The goal is to create a supportive community, to start the termination of teen violence, and spread the word about its effects on people. This will benefit the community because its people will be more aware of what Teen Violence really is and be able to put a stop to it when witnessing it happening. These meetings will not only boost those who are grieving but it will also help to spread awareness throughout Delaware and other places as well. J’Nea and her friends will continue fulfilling their motivation through holding #DelawareStrongProject meetings at their local Boys and Girls Club.
These Delcastle seniors carried out their projects concerning huge global conflicts and achieved the diffusion of awareness. What can you do for your community?
Author: Christina Colatriano, Class of 2019