Kenosha Teen Receives State Award for Community Service and Disability Awareness | Local News

Harborside Academy eighth-grade student Ashleigh Ours received the 2021 “Yes I Can” award from the Wisconsin Council for Exceptional Children on Thursday, February 10.

Yes I can! The awards recognize students with disabilities who excel. These awards celebrate the achievements of children and youth with disabilities; encourage these people to pursue their highest potential; and increase public awareness of the abilities, aspirations and personal qualities of people with disabilities.

Ashleigh is this year’s female recipient for the State of Wisconsin, and her nomination will be sent nationally for which recipients will be announced in January 2023.

Ashleigh received the award for her academic progress and community service. She was nominated after creating and launching an ADOPT the Resident fundraiser last spring to bring joy to the residents of Brookside Mansion while raising money for, a charity program through Job’s Daughters International that helps provide financial services to families in need of communication devices. .

Since her first initial fundraiser, Ashleigh has accepted a year as the Wisconsin Job Girls’ Youth Ride Coordinator and is responsible for planning, promoting and implementing the fundraiser. and raising awareness of the HIKE fund in Wisconsin. She will stay on until August and aims to raise a minimum of $5,000 while raising awareness among local families.

Ashleigh is currently organizing a fundraiser for individuals to donate and in return she sends personalized video messages. In August 2021, she raised $1,000 in her first month and raised over $2,700 on her own through communications with local lodges and social media.

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