Checotah high school senior committed to giving is scheduled to receive national recognition Tuesday at the White House
Checotah High School senior Ridge Howell, 17, will be honored Tuesday in Washington by the White House Champions of Change program.
CHECOTAH — A Checotah high school senior who is committed to giving back to his community is scheduled to be honored Tuesday at the White House.
I have learned so many valuable life lessons from (senior citizens') knowledge and wisdom, beyond what I could ever learn in a classroom setting.”
Ridge Howell, 17, gives freely of his time to his eastern Oklahoma community, specifically concentrating on senior residents of Checotah. As chapter FFA president, Howell has provided leadership to his fellow FFA members to grow the chapter and help the community through various projects.
“Whenever I can help the senior citizens do something, they are so thankful and they shouldn't even have to be,” he said, “because they have so much to offer me.
“I have learned so many valuable life lessons from their knowledge and wisdom, beyond what I could ever learn in a classroom setting.”
Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of Public Engagement will welcome about 30 4-H members and agricultural education students from across the United States, and their mentors, to the White House to recognize the exceptional ways the students are helping their communities.
The White House Champions of Change program highlights the stories and examples of individuals across the country who are winning the future with projects and initiatives that move their communities forward. Each week, the Office of Public Engagement hosts an event to honor those who are working to empower and inspire other members of their communities.
Wanting to help
A few years ago, Howell decided the best way to support existing efforts or initiate other positive changes in his community was to become active. He volunteered to help at the annual senior citizens' prom hosted by the Checotah High School Student Council. Howell said seniors come up and say how much the event means.
“This project is a prom for the senior citizens of my community, and yes they do wear tuxedos and formal dresses,” Howell said. “They're out there laughing and they dance more than we do at our prom.”
Howell also participates in the FFA senior citizens lawn mowing program.
For the past two years, Howell has not only organized, but provided many hours of labor for the lawn mowing program. Howell helped his agriculture education instructor Jason McPeak create this program a little more than three years ago.
Each week during the summer, Howell and usually one of his fellow FFA members go to the local senior center and draw two names. These two individuals receive free lawn mowing service, and sometimes other types of assistance around their homes.
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