Beacon Middle School eighth-grade AVID student Ava Lenz wanted to make sure that her end-of-year AVID community service project was one that not only benefited community members, but also reflected how the AVID program affected her during her middle school years.
“I have been a part of AVID since the sixth grade. This class supported my goals for the future by providing motivation, guidance and the proper tools for success,” said Ava. “I am very proud to say I have truly benefited, and am honored to have had this amazing and valuable experience.”
Ava recognized that during times of uncertainty, the best thing to do is embrace each other and remain strong, which was why for her final AVID project, she decided to partner with her brother Hayden to convey their appreciation to the unsung heroes in the Cape Henlopen School District, the team of individuals preparing and distributing meals to families and students.
“When I first realized that some students relied on school meals as their food for each week, I knew that this pandemic was especially difficult,” said Ava. “Learning that some volunteers of the Cape district were delivering lunches from a school bus, I was incredibly inspired.”
Ava and her brother took it upon themselves to write letters expressing their thanks and cherishing the generosity of those who were working tirelessly to make sure students weren’t going hungry. On Friday, June 6, Ava, Hayden and their younger sister Macey delivered 110 thank-you notes to H.O. Brittingham Elementary School, the grab-and-go meal delivery hub, to be distributed to volunteers and child nutrition staff who helped make the meals a success.