What would students do with $10,000 to fund a project that would positively impact their community?
The Community Foundation for Livingston County — along with audience members — will find out at the Imagine Boldly competition set for 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theater in Pinckney. The competition is free and open to the public.
Eleven teams of students from Pinckney High School and Pinckney New Tech High will compete on stage, presenting their ideas to improve the community or resolve a current problem.
The students’ proposals are in categories such as public and school safety, environmental education, student activities and more.
The audience will take part in selecting the winners as well as a panel of judges. Judges are Community Foundation for Livingston County board members Denise Brennan-Nelson, Mike Lay, Doris Ostrander, Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy, and Pinckney School Superintendent Rick Todd.
Audience members will vote for their favorite team live, via text at the event.
Each team included a detailed budget for implementation. The winning team will receive up to $10,000 to make their idea a reality.
The Community Foundation for Livingston County also funded seniors from Pinckney Community School’s New Tech High to design, market, host and manage the Imagine Boldly competition. The students, Sarah Dorosh, Michael Griffin, Katie Kramer, Brandon Loy and Casey Orr each received an internship for their work.
“We’ve been blown away by the boldness, creativity, and innovation of the ideas everyone will see on February 12,” said Rick Scofield, chairman of the Community Foundation for Livingston County board. “These students are impressive. As with all the initiatives the Community Foundation funds, we look forward to seeing how our funding turns into measurable results for the community.”
For more information on Imagine Boldly, visit the event website.
The Community Foundation for Livingston County has awarded more than $900,000 through more than 150 grants to support and improve public well-being and quality of life in the areas of economic development, human services, arts, civic affairs, education, health and the environment in Livingston County. Since its inception, the Community Foundation for Livingston County has established 19 funds to recognize individuals and businesses in Livingston County, growing the foundation’s endowment to more than $1 million. For more information, visit www.cflivingston.org.