Hollymount 4-H Club Selected as Jefferson Award Winners

The Hollymount 4-H Club is honored at the Mayor’s Top Project by Ted Becker. Shown are (l-r) Sam Gossett, Kyle Morris, Trey Lodge, Sundene Lodge, Ainsley West, Mayor Becker, Gianna Joella, Francesca Joella, Declan West, Katie Kuhlman, Sara Firgurski, Daniel Tull and Cody Kuhlman. NICK ROTH PHOTOS

Lewes Mayor Ted Becker had six community service projects to choose from this year when making his top selection for Multiplying Good’s LEAD360 program.

When all was said and done, he chose the Hollymount 4-H Club, made up of children ages 5 to 19. The group planted beach grass, cleaned cemeteries and adopted a stretch of beach as part of an environmental focus. They also volunteered with the local food bank, Milton Meals on Wheels, and carved pumpkins for Cape Henlopen State Park’s Children’s Fantasy Trail. Club members volunteered more than 650 hours.

The 4-H Club’s project was one of 175 submitted statewide this year. Five projects in Lewes engaged more than 1,000 volunteers, generated 861 volunteer hours and impacted 545 lives. The financial value is estimated at nearly $22,000.

Lewes is one of seven communities participating in LEAD360 – Georgetown, Milford, Dover, Seaford, Newark and Wilmington are the others.

Since launching in 2010, the LEAD360 program has recognized more than 7,000 Delaware youth in 785 service projects, totaling more than 1 million volunteer hours. The financial impact is estimated at $25 million.

The top projects in all seven communities are invited to Delaware Salute to Service in April. The winning project will be implemented statewide.

Last year’s winner, Buckets of Love, fills buckets with age-appropriate toys, stuffed animals, dolls, electronics and other items and gives them to children receiving medical care, residing in homeless shelters or facing a difficult situation. The initiative was picked up by 30 Delaware groups, resulting in 3,376 buckets assembled and donated in 2018. The organization has a goal to donate 10,000 buckets in 2019.

The full article written by Nick Roth for the Cape Gazette can be found here.