Education Team celebrates its students at Championship Ceremony

ST LOUIS - AmeriCorps Education Team Members are fortunate to be able to connect with children in a one-on-one relationship. They have the opportunity to really get to know these students and watch them grow. In order to recognize the achievements of the youth we serve, AmeriCorps St. Louis hosts a Champion Ceremony at the end of each school year. The Champion's Ceremony is a unique way for AmeriCorps St. Louis to honor and recognize our students for their academic accomplishments and character development over the year. This is of particular importance because we work with students who need a little bit more help to become grade level readers and might not otherwise be recognized for their accomplishments in school.
This year's ceremony was held in our Urban Adventure Center (UAC) on Friday, May 22 and included a catered reception and the Champions Ceremony. Each student is able to bring their family along and this year was our largest turnout ever, with the UAC reaching standing room only status quickly, filled with cheering, proud families and bright eyed students. Students were recognized in the following categories:
  • Achievement: This student has done remarkably well academically or has made significant improvement in his/her literacy skills.
  • Extraordinary Effort: This student has made extraordinary effort towards academic excellence. This student tries no matter what.
  • Leadership: This student is a model of positive behavior at school. He/She is the student who takes on extra projects, accepts responsibility, and exhibits the ability to do the right thing in tough situations.
  • Service: This student demonstrates excellent citizenship. If ever there is an opportunity to do something for someone else or for the school, this student is on top of it.

We also take this opportunity to recognize the school liaisons that make the Education Team's efforts fruitful, from principals to teachers who have particularly supportive.

AmeriCorps St. Louis Members Recognized with MCSC Awards


MCSC AmeriCorps State Service Award recipient Will BurksJEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) honored several Missourians who have helped strengthen their local communities through volunteerism and service at its annual Celebration of Service and Volunteerism. The awards ceremony took place on April 29, at the Truman Hotel and Conference Center, Jefferson City. “Nothing can compare to the benefits reaped when individuals come together with the goal of improving and enriching the lives of others,” said Linda Thompson, MCSC executive director. “MCSC, with a vision to strengthen Missouri communities through volunteerism and service, will pay special recognition to organizations and individuals who exemplify outstanding community service throughout the state at our annual Celebration of Service and Volunteerism.”

MCSC AmeriCorps State Service Award recipient Emily WoodruffAmeriCorps St. Louis Members is proud to have received three awards. Second-year Emergency Response Team Members Emily Woodruff and Will Burks both received an AmeriCorps State Service Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service over and beyond the requirements of their designated program. Our Coordinated Service Team, composed of Brittany Ledbetter, Jessica Callahan and Jacob Buck received the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Award, recognizing outstanding projects and volunteer engagement surrounding the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

“Whether it is the AmeriCorps members serving their communities, or the volunteers who donate their time throughout the year and on ‘Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service,’ the Commission has had much success empowering individuals to ‘make a difference’ in Missouri communities,” Thompson said.

MCSC is composed of 15-25 governor-appointed commissioners with expertise in areas of community service and volunteerism. Commissioners and staff work together to encourage all Missourians to give of themselves to make Missouri a better place to live for all of its residents.

State-wide nominations for the awards are reviewed and selected by a panel of governor-appointed commissioners and commission staff. MCSC MLK Service Award given to AmeriCorps St. Louis Coordinated Service Team