The Waynesville AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA programs were recognized for their dedication to service and volunteerism on Thursday, April 25, during an awards ceremony conducted by Missouri Community Service Commission in Colombia, Mo
The commission named Waynesville's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service the number one Day of Service within the state. Waynesville AmeriCorps VISTA members Joellyn Dean and Markell Mills accepted the award for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. A host of activities took place within the Waynesville R-VI School District during this annual event on Friday, Jan. 18. Approximately 2,800 students in seven Waynesville schools participated in activities such as coloring contests, community outreach, mentoring activities and service-related projects. AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA members along with building principals, teachers and staff members worked together to plan and execute a successful event.
During the ceremony, Ruth Long of Waynesville received the Senior Corps Service Award for her many hours of outstanding community service and dedication. Second year Waynesville AmeriCorps member Praise Mosley was given honorable mention for her dedication to youth. Mosley tutors during school hours and assists with the Club TIGER afterschool program. Through her ability to connect with youth and relate to their struggles, she has formed a supportive group that helps develop young girls into responsible, self-confident women. Every week she meets with her student group comprised of "Impressionable Ladies" to discuss several topics, including planning for the future, caring for self and community service.
Partners in Education (PIE) groups – Fort Leonard Wood units assigned to school buildings within the district – received the Partners in Service Award. Fort Leonard Wood soldiers logged more than 7,000 hours volunteering in the Waynesville R-VI School District. Volunteer activities ranged from mentoring school children, to painting and construction, to supporting leadership camps. The award recognized the dedication and abilities of the two organizations to bring quality opportunities and experiences to the Waynesville R-VI School District and its surrounding communities.