The Liberty Branch of the United Way of the Coastal Empire is under way with its 2011-12 Live United Campaign to raise funds and awareness for its community-wide assistance programs.
The students, faculty, employees and administration of the Liberty County School System have answered the call to support the needs of people in the community. Employees have pledged donations through payroll deduction, and students and faculty from all 14 schools in the system have planned and participated in fundraising activities.
The students have dedicated themselves to serving their community through the United Way and its many programs to assist those in need as well as other organizations that promote the growth and development of children, adults and seniors.
The United Way Campaign Kick Off recently was held at the BoE office and featured the drumlines and cheerleading squads of Bradwell Institute and Liberty County High School.
The cheerleading squads wrote their own routines and cheers, focusing on the Liberty United Way effort here. The drumlines displayed their talents with drum cadences in a spirited competition.
The crowd enjoyed food prepared by the Culinary Arts Department of Bradwell Institute.
The youth of Liberty County have exhibited a strong effort to ensure the success of the fundraising campaign. In addition, many of the high school students earn their required service hours by volunteering for the many United Way projects throughout the year.
Liberty Elementary School, under the leadership of Principal Chris Anderson, achieved 100 percent school participation in fundraising and received The United Way Spirit Award, presented by UW Liberty County Director Jennifer Darsey. The award is given each year to the first school to obtain 100 percent participation and for outstanding effort in support and spirit to help others.