Klein News
Outstanding Students Recognized for Service
Jun 29 2017 - 03:09:00 pm

Two Klein ISD students were among 80 outstanding young student leaders from across the state who completed membership in Education in Action’s 2016-2017 Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council. Klein ISD congratulates Kleb Intermediate students Mackenzie Gault and Kylie Mendizabal on this honor.


Gault collected donations for her project, Project Unity Residential Center, to benefit children of all ages. She collected more than 70 items and made a difference in the lives of many children.


“This experience helped me improve as a leader because the one and only person responsible for the success or failure of this project was me,” said Gault. “I had to step out of my comfort zone. I think I improved my social skills and ability to talk to authority figures to accomplish my goals.”


Mendizabal and her four chamber orchestra classmates played for the Brookdale Champions Nursing Home residents. She organized two performances, and at one point, one of the residents joined in and played the piano.


“It was fun to perform for an audience,” said Mendizabal. “And by doing little things for others, we can help people, young and old, live a happier life.”


Members participate in a week-long Lone Star Leadership Academy summer camp. As graduates of this program, they were invited to join Education in Action’s alumni program, the Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council, to receive leadership training during the school year. In addition to completing leadership skill-building lessons, each student exercised their leadership skills by identifying a need in his or her community, creating, and leading at least two others in a service project of his or her choosing. Descriptions and photos of each student’s service project are available in a newsletter (http://bit.ly/2rZjE1W) and online (http://educationinaction.org/alumni-council/alumni-council-members-service-projects).


The 2016-2017 Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council members represented 50 school districts, two charter schools, and seven private schools. Education in Action offers the Lone Star Leadership Academy Alumni Council program each school year to further its mission, to empower young people to be informed and active leaders in their communities. www.educationinaction.org

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