Congratulations to the Mozel Sanders Thanksgiving Foundation scholarship winners in MSD of Pike Township.  Three seniors and one middle school student who wrote essays about Mozel Snaders, his legacy and their involvement in community service were selected to receive monetary scholarships presented by Governor Holcomb, Mayor Hogsett, and Congressman Carson. In addition to recognizing those who are giving back to their community, the foundation provides Thanksgiving dinner for over 35,000 people in the greater Indianapolis area!

Below are some excerpts from the winning essays, where you can get a glimpse into the caring youth in MSD of Pike Township:

“Doing community service activities can give hope to people who are effected by an issue…doing things that give back to a community can be very humbling.” – K. Dhoumbia, senior, Pike Preparatory Academy.

“Dr. Sanders diligently worked to serve the needs of his congregation as well as the surrounding community…Community service is something you do to uplift your neighborhood and your community…Service is about doing something good for a change that can make you feel good as a person.” K. Moore-Gordon, senior, Pike Preparatory Academy.

“I feel like community service makes you feel like an overall better person knowing you’re helping…I did community service with Wheeler mission to help feed the homeless.  It’s an amazing thing to take part of.  The history of Dr. Sanders helped me to realize that community service helps people to feel loved.” – D. Grant, 8th grader, Pike Preparatory Academy.

“Engaging in community service provides students with the opportunity to become active members of their community and has a lasting, positive impact on society at large.  Community service or volunteerism enables students to acquire life skills and knowledge…” – R. Mendez, senior, Pike Preparatory Academy.

Congratulations to the essay contest winners and special thanks to the Mozel Sanders Thanksgiving Dinner Foundation for their support of youngsters who are giving back to their community!

This post and accompanying photo are thanks to a collaboration with Sarah Dorsey, Communications Officer, MSD of Pike Township.

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