IONIA, Mich. (WOTV)-All year, inspiring people are giving back in extraordinary ways to the West Michigan. One small community has shown they can give back in big ways. Our friends at the Ionia Intermediate School District have made philanthropy a priority. Here’s a look back at how they’ve been living local and giving local all year long.
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The Ionia Intermediate School District is working to make a positive impact so that local students will become tomorrow’s leaders. The Michigan Youth Leadership Training Camp is a camp designed for youth 9th through 12th grade to become impactful leaders in their schools and communities. The camp is a life-changing week of adventure, self-discovery, cultural exchange, leadership-building, and service.
In Ionia County 1 in 5 children are food insecure and in Montcalm County 1 in 4 are food insecure. IM Kids 3rd Meal is committed to ending childhood hunger in Ionia and Montcalm counties by securing volunteers to pack 3rd meals for children-so lunch is not the last meal of the day.
Celebrate My Drive is about students celebrating the exciting freedom that comes with getting a driver’s license. Part of that excitement also means being aware of responsibilities and making smart choices behind the wheel. State Farm and the Ionia ISD are spreading the message of 2N2® – 2 eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel.
The Ionia County YAC is a student lead program. Students go though leadership, goal-setting, public speaking, team-work, that help them learn how to be effective at advocating for a positive change in their community. State Farm is helping to educate and create future leaders-and provided $30-thousand dollars to further this mission.