We have just taken part in our annual trip to Clewiston Middle School! But trip was different than those in the past. This year Michelle was invited to speak at Clewiston's High School as well as the Middle School.
Clewiston was once a small-town paradise for people trying to live the American dream. As times changed and economies flopped, the town reflected these struggles. Aggravated assault charges and violent crimes surpass national averages, and, in a town with roughly 7,000 people, risks remain high. Of the 7,000, 30 percent of the population are children.
Clewiston's Schools are at the heart of it all. The faculty and teachers of Clewiston serve as a safe house to many.
During her time there, Michelle shares stories from her past and present, which embody the elements of hope and faith in oneself. She also shares the many aspects of her business, and lets the students feel what it’s like to be a professional photographer. Not only does she connect with the students on a large scale, she has the opportunity to interact one-one.
Michelle receives 1000’s of letters, emails and Facebook messages after her visits and she finds so much joy in inspiring and encouraging the students whenever they need it!
"Seven years since the commencement of this journey, many of the Clewiston Middle School students with whom I met and spoke and have gotten to know have become young adults, members of the Clewiston High School Family and leaders within their community. Now, it is my pleasure to reward their leadership, and their commitment to a bright future with the announcement of the Michelle Reed Photography Scholarship."
The Michelle Reed Photography Scholarship is a $500.00 reward to a Clewiston High School student who distinguishes themself as an avid advocate and overcomer. Through the completion and submission of the Scholarship application you will qualify yourself as not only the potential recipient of the monetary reward, but also as a candidate for apprenticeship with Michelle Reed Photography.
Check out some of the awesome pictures from her Seventh Annual trip!
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