The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island has awarded a Weill Student Social Action Grant of $425 to Michael Garcia, Jennifer Gentile and Michaela Beck of Southside High School in Rockville Centre for their project, "Drinking is Not a Minor Problem." The students are members of their school's SADD club and the Rockville Centre Youth Council.
Their project aims to educate adults about New York's social host law, which forbids providing alcohol to minors. The teens have enlisted local liquor stores and pizzerias to put signs in their windows and stickers on pizza boxes informing people of the law. The grant helps to defray the cost of printing the materials, which were designed by the students.
EHSLI, located in Garden City, created the Weill Student Social Action Grant for middle school and high school students who are helping to create a better world. Grants for up to $500 fund student projects in areas of peace, humanitarian efforts, the environment, disaster relief, or disadvantaged groups. The grants give the student seed money to conduct their service projects. Two grants are awarded per school year.
Students must be Nassau or Suffolk County residents, aged 12 to 18, and enrolled in middle school or high school. One grant line is still available for the spring semester of 2013, with applications currently being accepted. For more information about the grant, go to www.ehsli.org and look under tab for "Social Action."