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Mineral Co. Student Receive National Leadership Award

March 09, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Mineral County student who last year started a mentoring program for low income children is the recipient of the Leadership Award, the highest honor awarded by the Future Educators Association.

Keith Davidson, a senior at Keyser High School, began the afterschool program for elementary and middle school students because many children in his community had no safe place to go after school. Through his project, he offered them a place to complete homework and socialize with high school mentors. Davidson hopes that the program will continue to grow and serve those who need it most even after he graduates this year.

“Participating in this project was one of the best decisions I have ever made,” Davidson said. “Working one-on-one with the primary and middle school children who attend this program has solidified my decision to become a teacher. I take great pride in knowing I have made a difference in a child’s life just by being a mentor and friend.”

The FEA Leadership Award honors association members who have gone beyond the scope of their daily work by creating a service learning project that focuses on an education-related issue in their communities and requires at least 40 hours of work. Davidson received his award at FEA’s 21st annual national conference in Texas in February.

For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

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