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John Neal Homes partners with MEF to launch teen philanthropy award
John Neal Homes partners with MEF to launch teen philanthropy award

Bradenton, Florida -- Johh Neal Homes is partnering with the Manatee Education Foundation to launch a new program designed to instill local high school students with an appreciation and dedication for philanthrophy.

The award called "The John Neal Young Philanthrophy Award" will be given once a quarter to one student at each local high school. Students earn the award by writing a 500-800 word essay about their favorite area non-profit organization. The staff at John Neal Homes will choose the winning essay from each high school and student winners will be given a $500 donation to present to the non-profit organization in their honor.

John Neal first introduced the program while speaking to the Student Council Leadership Class at Manatee High School earlier this month.

“Philanthropy has always been a big part of my life and my business,” Neal told the Leadership Class of more than 25 students in grades 10-12. “I enjoy work and I enjoy building homes, but what I really love is being able to help others right here in our community, making a difference in the lives of people who need it most.”

Neal told the class he hopes this new award program will inspire students to develop and pursue their own philanthropic interests. Neal was delighted to find that many high school students are already taking steps in the right direction because when Neal asked how many students in the Leadership Class at Manatee High School are already involved with an area non-profit, nearly every student raised their hand. 

“We are so proud of the philanthropic spirit our students have here,” said Laurie Kitchie, Manatee High School Assistant Principal. “This program will be a great way to reward their efforts and help encourage them to incorporate giving into their lives forever.”

School teachers will roll out the program through English classes over the next few weeks and will incorporate the contest into the curriculum, teaching the students how to write a formal email.

Working with the Manatee Education Foundation in the endeavor, John Neal Homes will pick the first student winner during the week of Dec. 17, just before students leave for winter break. 

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