Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pottstown Comes Through with Funds for Student Competition

Lindsey Havyer
Yesterday was the day Pottstown High School student and DECA stand-out Lindsey Havyer headed off to Utah to compete on the national level.

As regular readers of The Digital Notebook know from this March 16 entry, Lindsey needed to raise $1,200 to cover the costs of continuing her winning streak.

As we reported in this March 10 post, Pottstown's DECA team kicked some serious DECA-butt at the 61st Annual State Career Development Conference held recently in Hershey.

Among those kicking some butt was Havyer, a Pottstown High School junior who competed in the Community Service Project where she showcased her efforts of the “Pottstown Clean Up.”

In a letter to merchants, Lindsey described her project by writing: "many of you may remember me from last spring when I organized many of my friends and fellow students to help clean up the downtown of Pottstown. Several Saturdays and Sundays were spent with many teenagers cleaning the downtown streets in order to help our merchants find pride in their place of business."

Lindsey’s project placed 6th in the Community Service Project category competing against 25 other teams.

Lindsey and her crew cleaning up downtown
That success earned her a trip the National Competition in Utah, but it didn't earn here the money to pay for it.

That's where the Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority came in. They started a campaign not only to raise money to pay for her trip, but also to establish a scholarship fund to help other talented but financially challenged students.

Recently Shelia Dugan, PDIDA president, wrote The Digital Notebook to let us know how things turned out. 

"Lindsey is on her way to Utah. She is able to attain this trip due to the many private donations made from the merchants, business people and community throughout Pottstown. Thanks to a tremendous match made by Tom Hylton and his wife Frances, it took less than a week to raise more than $1,400 for the scholarship fund.

"Lindsey is leaving for five days and will be joining more than 15,000 other students who will compete in various areas of the competition. Lindsey will be competing specifically against other students for the DECA / Communtiy Service Project.

"PDIDA would like to thank everyone who helped support this cause and wishes to extend the scholarship to future students in need. 

"As we continue to prepare for events throughout the summer, a few merchants want to hold a fund raiser specific for this scholarship -- PDIDA is looking to do so in the fall -- our hope is to have participating merchants working together for a great cause.

"Thank you again for all your support, and we wish Lindsay the best of luck in all her future endeavors."

We at The Digital Notebook join Sheila in wishing Lindsey good luck in Utah.

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