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Kellis DECA students pay it forward to a family in Mexico and receive award


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  • Erin Dunsey/ Peoria Unified School District

The Lift A Life Foundation And The Yum! Brands Foundation Presented Raymond S. Kellis High School DECA Students In The Arit-Pa Team With A $25,000 Check For Their Non-profit For Being One Of The Top Five Winners In The Lead2Feed Challenge. Photo Courtesy Peoria Unified School District

Students at Raymond S. Kellis High School recently received a surprise reward for doing a good deed. The Lift a Life Foundation and the Yum! Brands Foundation presented students in the Arit-Pa Team with a $25,000 check for their non-profit for being one of the top five winners in the Lead2Feed Challenge.

Representatives from Lift A Life Foundation and the Yum! Brands Foundation presented the students with a check for their efforts in an award ceremony on Wednesday, June 11 in the schools Lecture Hall.

Kellis DECA students pay it forward to a family in Mexico and receive award DECA-Students-Win-BigHP

The Lift a Life Foundation and the Yum! Brands Foundation presented Raymond S. Kellis High School DECA students in the Arit-Pa Team with a $25,000 check for their non-profit for being one of the top five winners in the Lead2Feed Challenge. Photo courtesy Peoria Unified School District

As part of a Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) project, seven students under advisor Deb Moore’s lead decided to help feed a family in Mexico and quickly learned that food was only one portion of what this family needed.

The team held fundraisers to provide the family with money to buy other necessities such as shoes, clothing and fruit trees. They even decided to form their own non-profit to continue this work.

The student winners are: Anna Chacon, Anairis Chacon, Michele To, Leslie Robledo, Ramon Nieto, Matthew Gallegos and Jacqueline Enriquez. To learn more about the students and their award-winning project, click here.

Lead2Feed is a teacher-led educational program that combines curriculum on the topic of leadership along with the challenge of solving hunger locally or globally through service-learning projects conducted by student teams.

The program is open to middle and high school students across the country. This school year, 1,000 schools participated in the Lead2Feed program. Lead2Feed is a collaboration from the Lift a Life Foundation, USA TODAY Charitable Foundation and Yum! Brands Foundation and is a free program for all schools.

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 32 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate.

Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.