Boiling Springs High School wins 2016 Inspiration Award

The PA-TSA Inspiration Award, given to one chapter at each regional and state conference, recognizes chapters who go above and beyond their TSA events and make an impact in their local communities, school districts, and the TSA community.

The winner of the 2016 Inspiration Award is Boiling Springs High School. Read more about the award and past winners.

2016 Inspiration Award winner: Boiling Springs High School

Students at Boiling Springs have organized some remarkable public service projects. When a local elementary school was renovated, TSA members helped to dismantle unused lockers. They transported and reassembled the lockers at a local medical center and a homeless shelter where the residents could use them for storage. Theft is common at homeless shelters, but the lockers are now helping to protect residents’ belongings. The chapter also held a district-wide e-waste recycling drive that collected dozens of computers, televisions, and other electronics. After calling around to local recycling centers, they found a facility an hour away that could accept the large volume of electronics. The chapter members are also sharing their knowledge with others. At the local arts & crafts festival, they demonstrated woodworking, sublimation printing, and blacksmithing techniques. In their school, they taught special needs students about weather and earth science, a program they hope to expand to elementary schools next year. Boiling Springs TSA members show great leadership and passion in organizing projects that impact those around them.

 

Honorable mention

Welsh Valley Middle School, Region 5 Inspiration Award winner: Welsh Valley Middle School helped make their neighborhood more bike-friendly by building a bike rack for an outdoor mall. For the second year, the chapter also taught programming classes throughout their school for the annual Hour of Code, exposing many students to programming for the first time. The TSA members have improved upon their program from last year, adding new challenges for the new advanced programming students.

Boyertown High School, Region 9 Inspiration Award winner: Boyertown High School did a huge amount of fundraising not just for themselves, but for ACS. They sold hundreds of T-shirts for a school-wide Pink Out day, served 400 patrons at a spaghetti dinner, and ran a clothing drive that collected five thousand pounds of clothing. They raised a record-breaking $4,370 for ACS.