Two LCPS student groups will be awarded the 2022 Loudoun CARES Volunteer Award.
The Communities and Schools Together (CAST) program at Rock Ridge High School and the Briar Woods High School National Honor Society will both be honored on Thursday, May 12, during a ceremony at the River Creek Club in Leesburg.
The CAST program at Rock Ridge was named the “Outstanding Volunteer.” The program was nominated for the award by Julie Culpepper and the Mobile Hope staff in Leesburg. CAST is a transition program for students with special needs. CAST participants are between 18 and 21 years old and have graduated from an LCPS school. Students in the program volunteered weekly at Mobile Hope to learn workplace readiness and independent living skills. The students performed a different task each week. Tasks included sorting and packing non-perishable food bags, making hygiene bags, sorting diapers and wipes and sorting clothing. The students also helped decorate the Mobile Hope float for the Leesburg Halloween Parade and wrapped Christmas presents for Mobile Hope clients. Catherine Moran is the CAST Transition Teacher at Rock Ridge. Laura Kuhn serves as the CAST Job Coach.
The National Honor Society at Briar Woods was named the “Outstanding Youth Volunteer Team” for their work with Storybook Treasures. The students packed books and small toys in order to put books in the hands, hearts and homes of children. School Board Member Denise Corbo (At-Large) is the founder and president of Storybook Treasures. Patricia Blackwell is the National Honor Society Sponsor at Briar Woods.