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WAWV ABC and Fuson Automotive would like to congratulate Kelly Dressler and the Riverton Parke High School FFA Chapter for winning the 2013 ABC Summer of Service Award.


The winning application:

What community issue or problem you are working on? Creating Owl nesting boxes to increase the survival rate of Owl offspring and provide a more stable environment for nesting.


This is an important project for me and our FFA Chapter as we live in a rural area that has seen a decrease in Owl population over the years.  This project not only provides a home for Owls but also a learning experience for students enrolled in our Natural Resources class at Riverton Parke High School.


What type of impact or change have you created? This project has created more awareness for students and our community about preserving our wildlife and natural resources. So far we have only been able to build one nesting box.


What are your future plans for your project? With the grant money we could build several more and expand placement of the nesting boxes beyond the forest that surrounds the school property. The money could also go toward helping purchase observation cameras to track the usage of the boxes.


About the ABC Summer of Service Awards


?         Throughout summer 2013, 60 local ABC stations called on young change-makers to apply for
?ABC Summer of Service Awards??$1,000 awards to help young people make a lasting, positive change in their world.

o   Applicants must have already implemented a community service project. 

o   The awards program sought out ongoing, youth-led projects that highlight the creativity and commitment of young people working to meet the needs of others.

?         Young people ages 5-18 located in and around ABC-affiliate communities were eligible to apply.

?         All applicants were required to have a sponsoring organization.  The sponsoring organization or school will accept the award funds for the applicant and work with them to utilize the funds. In some cases, winners are working closely with their sponsoring organization to implement projects; in other cases, sponsoring organizations were simply funding intermediaries.

?         More than 800 applications were received for 200 awards across 60 stations.

?         All applications went through a thorough review process, and were rated based on a standardized rubric. Those applicants that scored the best, and met additional eligibility requirements (age, location, etc.) were selected for awards.


About YSA (Youth Service America)

?         At YSA, we believe in youth changing the world. Working with young people, community groups, schools and nonprofits, YSA improves communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people serving in substantive roles. YSA works through four key strategies:

1.       Large-scale mobilization campaigns, such as Global Youth Service Day.

2.       YSA Grants of more than $1 million annually.

3.       Resources and training that equip youth and adult mentors to lead high-quality, high-impact service and service-learning programs.

4.       Awards that recognize exceptional youth.

?         The ABC Summer of Service Awards represent a partnership between ABC, local ABC stations, and YSA (Youth Service America), through the Disney Friends for Change program.

?         YSA has worked with Disney for nearly a decade on a variety of grants and awards programs in the United States and abroad.

?         Visit www.YSA.org for more information