Wiregrass RC&D allows kids to RISE to the challenge

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Wiregrass RC&D held their first RISE competition for students throughout the Wiregrass to win a $2,000 grant towards their presented project.

Just Like Me! was one of the four final project presentations that were seen at RISE. The Just Like Me! proposal was to create a support group for adopted teens throughout the tristate.

The other projects included a mobile library for the community of Ariton, a way for children to safely sell homemade products in Headland and the idea to give poultry starter kits to children involved in 4-H.

“It’s great to see that their looking ahead and looking at ways to affect their community,” Wiregrass RC&D Lead Coordinator Nicki Hamm said. “Originally their prompt for this project was think of ways to make the Wiregrass an even better place to live, and I think they all did that.”

Just Like Me! won the prize money and plans to use it not only on quarterly support meetings for adopted teens but to train school counselors and psychologists on how to better handle teens dealing with adoption related issues.

“Well we have put in a lot of work over the past couple months,” Group Member Noah Phillips said. “We know now that the real work is beginning. We know the next part is going to a take a lot of work as well.”

Wiregrass RC&D will work with just like me to get their project off the ground and look forward to future competitions.

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