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Monthly Winner Selected for S.H.O.T.S. Program

Ypsilanti High School

SOUTHFIELD – On March 19th Fifth Third Bank (Eastern Michigan) and the Detroit Red Wings selected Ypsilanti High School as the fourth and final month winner of the S. H.O.T.S. program (Students Helping Others Through Service).  The S.H.O.T.S. initiative encourages Southeast Michigan High School students to perform service projects in teams and volunteer their time in an effort to make a positive impact on the local community.  The monthly winner will have a pizza party at their school and will be eligible to present their project to the S.H.O.T.S. judge’s panel in April.

Winners of the previous months include Loyola High School in Detroit, South Lyon High School, and Pinckney High School.  All four schools will present their projects to the judges on April 11, 2013.  Grand prize winners will attend the Red Wings game against the San Jose Sharks, receive PC tablets (for each student on the team, up to 6) and a $530 donation to the school for future community projects.

Members of Ypsilanti’s “Young Women Making Washtenaw County Better” established a community-based mentoring program for young women throughout Washtenaw County. They arranged a luncheon and invited women from all over the county and from different walks of life. At the luncheon, student attendees engaged in a meet and greet to learn more from about their adult mentors. This allowed for each of the members to get to know more about their potential mentor and decide who they could connect with best.

The S.H.O.T.S. program started in October and will run through March, 2013 and is available to students in grades 9-12 that attend high school in Genesee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Shiawassee, Washtenaw or Wayne County. Service projects entered over the span of the 4 year program have included volunteering at a local soup kitchen, raising money to help non-profit organizations locally and abroad, putting together craft shows, reading/mentoring middle and elementary age students, and helping nearby families in need.

Student groups were encouraged to participate in as many or few projects as they prefer, such as one multi month long project, one project per month, multiple projects each month, or any other combination.  Teams of up to 6 students could register and no project was considered too big or too small.  Student community service projects were judged on the following criterion:  project creativity, community reach and community impact.  The first 50 teachers that submitted community service projects to S.H.O.T.S. were the winners of a $50.00 gift card to purchase classroom supplies.  To find out more about the S.H.O.T.S. program visit the website at http://redwings.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=65125

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