The Wilkes County Time, Talent, Treasure, Leading to Change (T3LC) is comprised of high school seniors from all Wilkes County High Schools, working to make a change in their communities. The students meet monthly during the school year to learn about philanthropy through a collaborative program of the Wilkes County Schools and Leading to Change. Grant funds are made possible through an anonymous donor and from the youth serving on the T3LC board. Students are led by adult advisor, Morgan Mathis. The Youth Philanthropy Board of Wilkes County Schools T3LC, is pleased to announce grant awards to nine local groups totaling $7,000.00 for youth-led projects in Wilkes County. The group leaders, amounts awarded, and titles of the projects are:
Students, Davis Ritenour and Chase Colbert of UTA (United Teens in Action) and adult leader, Morgan Mathis, received $592.00 to hold a field day at Central Wilkes Middle School to teach 7th graders leadership skills, provide encouragement, and stress education.
Student, Sydney McManus, and adult leader, Justin Colbert, Wilkes Central High School, received $1,000.00 to host a prom for special needs students within Wilkes Central High School as well as extending an invitation to all county high schools.
Student, Anslee Nichols, and adult leader, Angelia Church, West Wilkes High School, received $1,400.00 to promote self-image for at-risk students through a student council program named Blackhawk Buddies.
Student, Mattie Collins, and adult leader, Dr. Jim Brooks, West Wilkes High School, received $880.00 to provide yearbooks to students in need.
Student, Sarah Whittington, and adult leader Rebecca Mastin, Millers Creek Elementary, received $1,498.00 to start a green house club for students at Millers Creek Elementary.
Student, Morgan Brooks, and adult leader, Elizabeth Coleman, Central Wilkes Middle, received $600.00 to create a tutoring center to help their current program reach more students.
Student, Kaleb Thornton, and adult leader, Elizabeth Coleman, Central Wilkes Middle, received $215.00 to improve their Character Trait Advisory Group.
Student, Regan Tullock, and adult leader, Russell Sparks, East Wilkes Middle, received $400.00 to purchase a tiller to prepare their school garden for planting each spring.
Students, Chloe Wagoner and Vanessa Chaquea, along with adult leader, Michelle Shepherd, Wilkes Early College High School, received $415.00 to bring together the Key Clubs and Beta Clubs from all high schools across Wilkes County.