LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A group of Seneca High School students is one of six student teams from middle and high schools nationwide to win the fourth annual Lead2Feed Challenge, a service-oriented initiative addressing community and global needs. As a result, Seneca will receive $25,000 to go toward a nonprofit organization of choice and $10,000 in technology products.

“This well-deserving award is just the latest example of how Seneca and the Jefferson County Public School District are building strong, caring and community-focused leaders in our students,” JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens said in a news release. "These students recognized a community in need and responded in an incredible way."

To win the Lead2Feed Challenge, students study leadership lessons, form teams and create programs to address a community need. The Seneca Redhawk Rangers student team "adopted' the eastern Kentucky community of Auxier to meet a variety of needs. The students donated more than 350 nonperishable items and toiletries to the Auxier food pantry and installed new roofs over two homes and a school building.

Additionally, the team launched the Healthy Smiles campaign, reaching out to the Auxier community's dentist offices, churches and Hand In Hand Ministries to donate 1,500 dental supplies and nonperishables. Seneca High School was also a Lead2Feed Challenge honoree in 2015.

“At Seneca High, our top priority is ensuring that our scholars reach their full potential, and empowering them to give back and contribute as thoughtful, responsible citizens is one important way we do that,” said Seneca Principal Kim Harbolt. “I’m so proud of the volunteer work and the hours our Redhawk Rangers put in to serve others throughout the year.” 

Lead2Feed is inspired and supported by David Novak, executive chairman of Yum! Brands. Since the program's inception in 2012, more than one million student members have put their leadership skills to work – volunteering a million hours of service, providing nearly three million meals and hosting thousands of charity events to address specific community and global needs.

"Through Lead2Feed, student leaders across the country have committed to feeding the need in their community,” Novak said. “It's inspiring to see these students form teams, set a big goal, and create and execute a plan.”

The other five grand prize recipients include Eisenhower High School, Lawton, OK; The Harbour School at Baltimore, Owing Mills, MD; Odessa High School, Odessa, WA; Menchville High School, Newport News, VA.; and Port Chester Middle School, Port Chester, NY.

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