Gallia-Vinton ESC News Article

2021 Jenco Award

In 2015 when Vinton County ELA teacher Megan Macke tasked her students with the creation of a school garden, a school recycling program, and community mural, she never imagined these experiences would evolve into an award. Her goal was simply that her students develop a knowledge of, and experience with, civic engagement through volunteerism. This past year she led a group of student volunteers as they participated in two Cause Connector projects: Contain Hunger, wherein they planted seeds, transplanted them to containers, and distributed them to people in the community without space for a traditional garden, and Fair to Family, wherein buyers of market hogs at the fair where asked to donate the animals to St. Francis Food Pantry. Her aim for each of the many community service projects she supervises is to empower her students. Macke stated that, "Receiving the Jenco Award is a wonderful and unexpected surprise... I love helping my students realize that giving of yourself is free and the reward is priceless.

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