Youth project

COLE JACOBSEN (center) explains his Philanthropy Council of Northeast Nebraska youth project to Dirk Petersen on Saturday at Norfolk High School. Cole was one of several winners chosen by the council and will receive $1,000 to implement his project, which is Card Holders for Area Nursing Homes.

Sponsored by the Philanthropy Council of Northeast Nebraska in connection with the Celebrate Giving! event, the contest had 20 applications complete with video presentations, display boards, samples, and an outline of time and budget expectations for their projects.

Tammy Day, chairwoman of the council, said the group was excited to see the creativity and generosity of today’s youths.

“The youth contest is in its second year and the response from the community and the youth in our area has been outstanding. People often talk about the importance of engaging young people in our community and the youth philanthropy contest does this in a very meaningful, hands-on way,” Day said. “Young people are excited to share their ideas and to have someone support their efforts at giving back. We are grateful for all the community support of the youth contest and we look forward to many more years of creating a culture of giving through these efforts.”

Eight of these applications were chosen to receive $1,000, and are being paired with an adult mentor group to help make their dreams come true.

The eight project winners are:

Montessori fourth-grade students — Getting a Head Start. The students at Montessori are going to create literacy boxes for the Norfolk Public Schools’ preschoolers to use during the summer to help them maintain and increase their skills, and to help them be prepared for school in the fall.

Jefferson Elementary students — Cuddles from Kids. Students at Jefferson are going to create tie blankets to be distributed to children and the elderly in the community.

Junior Optimist Octagon International (JOOI) Club — Bags of Hope. JOOI aims to bring supplies to children who have little to call their own.

Cole Jacobsen — Card Holders for Area Nursing Homes. Cole will make 100 wooden card holders for the elderly so they can enjoy playing cards with others.

Sarah Knight, Treslyn Hubbard, Abby Robinson and Janece Paulson — Abuse No More. The organization aims to help abused children cope. It will also help children express themselves through sports, music, poetry, art and so on.

Geena Piper — Donate Your Birthday. Geena will provide a gifting opportunity for kids and adults. In lieu of birthday gifts for themselves, people will donate to Bright Horizons of Northeast Nebraska.

Youth Philanthropy Contest Missionary group — The Beauty of Your Presence. The missionary group will go to The Meadows and spend time with the residents while painting their nails and fixing their hair.

The Northeast Community College Student Nursing Association — Children’s Health Education Carnival.

All 20 applications, project displays and the youths who submitted the projects will be present to discuss their ideas during the 5:30 p.m. social hour of the Celebrate Giving! event on Saturday, Feb. 23.

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