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Members of the Coweta Community Foundation’s 2016-2017 Community Service Team include, front row, from left, Samantha Morrison, Seiler Rivers, Morgan Miller and Gracie Martin; second row, Gracie Armour, Bailey Barnett, Amanda Bridges, Katelyn McMath, Michaela Fuller, Topher Daisy, Sarah Warburton, Tevyn Fudge and Bailey Babb; and back row, Gracie Bolton, Tyiena Stafford, Elizabeth Alexander, Ashley Stephens, Mia Fisher, Sam Huynh, Chloe Epstein, Megan Czerwinski, Michelle McGrath, Silvia Thompson, Meredith Rielly and Cameron William. Photo/Submitted

For the second year in a row, members of the Coweta Community Foundation’s Community Service Team are spending part of their free time exploring the world of nonprofit organizations in Coweta County.

After being introduced to 10 local nonprofits earlier in the school year, these high school students each chose two to become more familiar with. The students conduct site visits to gain a first-hand look at the nonprofits and report back to the group. At their April meeting, the Community Service Team will select the local nonprofit that will receive a grant this year. Last year’s grant recipient was Community Welcome House.

The foundation launched its Community Service Team in 2015. Students serving on the Community Service Team for the 2016-2017 school year include Elizabeth Alexander, Newnan High School tenth grader; Gracie Armour, Newnan High School tenth grader; Bailey Babb, Northgate High School tenth grader; Bailey Barnett, Newnan High School ninth grader; Gracie Bolton, Landmark Christian School tenth grader; Amanda Bridges, Landmark Christian School tenth grader; Megan Czerwinski, Northgate High School tenth grader; Christopher Daisy, East Coweta High School tenth grader; Chloe Epstein, East Coweta High School tenth grader; Mia Fisher, Northgate High School tenth grader; Tevyn Fudge, East Coweta High School tenth grader; Michaela Fuller, Newnan High School ninth grader; Sam Huynh, East Coweta High School eleventh grader; Gracie Martin, East Coweta High School tenth grader; Michelle McGrath, Northgate High School tenth grader; Katelyn McMath, Landmark Christian School tenth grader; Morgan Miller, Northgate High School tenth grader; Samantha Morrison, Northgate High School tenth grader; Meredith Rielly, Northgate High School tenth grader; Seiler Rivers, Landmark Christian School ninth grader; Ryan Spicer-Gordon, East Coweta High School tenth grader; Tyiena Stafford, East Coweta High School tenth grader; Ashley Stephens, Northgate High School eleventh grader; Silvia Thompson, Northgate High School tenth grader; Sarah Warburton, East Coweta High School tenth grader; and Cameron Williams, Northgate High School tenth grader.

Those leading the group include CCF Board Chair Ginger Queener and board members Cynthia Bennett and Deidre Bembry.

Bennett, who is a retired local educator, notes that the teens operate as a board and form relationships with local nonprofits. The hope is that these young leaders will have the opportunity to sit on a local nonprofit board by the time they are juniors or seniors in high school.

The Coweta Community Foundation is a publicly supported 501(c)3 organization that helps focus local philanthropy on the community’s changing needs. The Foundation manages individual gifts and bequests as an endowed pool of assets, distributing grants to a wide variety of organizations that enhance and support the quality of life in Coweta County, while maintaining the charitable intent of the donors. For more information, call the Foundation at 770-253-1833.