The Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park announced in November that the Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy (York, PA) was selected to receive the Great Task Leadership Award.
The students were invited to participate in Gettysburg’s Dedication Day ceremony on November 19th, the 154th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, where they received the 2017 Great Task Award, a certificate and a check for $500 to put toward their community service project. The Gettysburg Foundation President, Dr. Matthew C. Moen and Acting Superintendent for Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, Charles E. “Chuck” Hunt, were on hand to congratulate the students from the STEAM Academy for their achievement.
On January 22, 2018 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania House of Representatives honored Edgar Fahs Smith Middle School STEAM Academy students at the State Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion and ultimately in the House of Representatives for their achievement in receiving the 2017 Great Task Award. State Representative Carol Hill-Evans acknowleded the Gettysburg Foundation and recognized the STEAM Academy during the January 22 House session.
The students won the competition based upon the worthy community causes of their projects, including:
- "Hindered but Never Alone": students visit residents of nursing homes and patients in hospitals
- "Workers for the Homeless": students go to homeless shelters to hand out materials and supplies that are needed
- "STEAM Pet Helpers": students work to raise money for shelter pet needs and finding safe homes for animals
- "Anti-racism": students work on a peace march and create signage to promote tolerance in their community
Thanks to the Robert H. Smith Foundation, the Arthur J. & Lee R. Glatfelter Foundation and the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park are able to offer the Great Task Youth Leadership Experience, free of charge, to these students.