Fifteen year old, Kaylee Lewis is a second time winner. “When we show others respect, we are telling them that they are enough and they deserve as much as anyone else.” Interestingly, Kaylee’s idea is a combination of the other two winning ideas. Her project idea, not yet implemented, is to have a donation drive and create care packages to give to local communities in need. She hopes to collect donations of “essential items”, including hygiene products and food, and separate these donations into various groups including children, men, and women so everyone will receive “customized care packages.” Kaylee plans to take these care packages to churches and low income apartments.
“By showing up and talking to members of the community that are in need, you are showing empathy and respect to those that may not see that a lot,” shared Camryn Bullard, volunteer with Serving Our Neighbors (SoN) Food Ministry at the William R. Davie location. Camryn, who has been volunteering with her family since August of 2022, recognized that the food that is offered from week to week can fluctuate greatly and her winning idea for the DRI was to come up with a way to offer regular, shelf stable items that families could count on from week to week, significantly expanding on the original project.
Girl Scout Troop 2560
Girl Scout Troop 2560 had the winning idea of working with elementary and middle schools around the county to provide feminine hygiene supplies to all of the girls at the school. The project started by posting inspirational posters in the school girl’s bathrooms and supplying boxes of hygiene supplies to trusted teachers, which they can keep in their classroom. The kits that the eight girls have created include: a pamphlet written by them, pads, deodorant and hair ties.
After holding two successful fundraisers in January, the scouts were able to purchase enough supplies to make kits for every girl at South Davie! Teachers and recipients have been very enthusiastic about this project - not only the kits, but the encouraging posters in the bathrooms.
Congratulations to the Scouts involved: Addy Buchanan, Lake Carver, Evie Conlin, Kiahna Groff, Lena Parsley, Katie Pitts, Salem Taylor and Sophie Treier.
“Start with respect; the rest will follow.”
"Hi, my name is Nick Ruff. I’m currently a freshman at UNC Charlotte studying computer science. My project, Cyber Safe Seniors, piggy backs on my knowledge of the online world and partners with local law enforcement to protect senior citizens from participating in financially manipulative scams.
My project is called Cyber Safe Seniors. I’ve built a presentation, along with an interactive Bingo game and handouts. The presentation is full of information to share and discuss with seniors at living facilities and other places. The information on the slides consists of ways to prevent general types of scams focused on senior citizens, along with information on the specific types of scams that are current in today's world. Each slide is full of information to help them understand and remember the real danger of different types of scams. I use the presentation, handouts, and the Bingo Game to get them interested in being safe online and not losing their hard-earned money. I would have the help of a local law enforcement officer at these presentations to help give more information.'
Josiah Warren and Reece Harris
Josiah Warren and Reece Harris teamed up to collect supplies for Family Promise. Family Promise of Davie County (FPDC) serves families with minor children that are at risk of or already experiencing homelessness. Josiah and his family received services from FPDC and he wanted to give back to the organization that had helped and continues to assist his family. Reece was so inspired by Josiah’s story and wanted to team up with him. They contacted Lisa Reynolds, the Executive Director of FP, and she was so excited that Josiah and Reece wanted to help.
Reece and Josiah learned about DRI from Christy Ruff, the Junior Civitan Advisor.
Reece’s hobbies are horseback riding, painting, playing basketball and collecting shark’s teeth at the beach. She loves taking care of her new chickens. Art is her favorite subject followed by Math!!
Josiah also has a lot of hobbies! His favorite sports are football, wrestling, and basketball Josiah also knows his way around the kitchen and enjoys baking.
These are two amazing young people with big hearts. Congratulations, Josiah and Reece for this great idea that will benefit our community!!!
Meet the Ambassador Macey Smith is an exemplary Ambassador of Respect. She has been involved with DRI for almost 4 years, when as a freshman she won for her creative idea of buying volleyball equipment for Davie County Rec and Parks. Volleyball has played such a big part in her life that she wanted others to benefit from this awesome team sport. Since then Macey has been involved with DRI’s Social Media and for a little over a year she has served as a volunteer panelist and has taken this position very seriously. Macey was a representative at the All America Event in Denver. She is continuing her journey of demonstrating and spreading respect with her latest project: renovating and remodeling the courtyard at the County Courthouse, which is currently empty and drab. After Macey and team are finished, newlyweds who have a civil ceremony will have a beautiful spot to celebrate and take photos. Some of her plans include flower boxes and a sitting area complete with a lattice arch. Macey will present this to the Davie County Board of Commissioners at a monthly meeting, but so far she has gotten very positive responses from both the city and the county. Stay tuned for the ribbon cutting!!