Nestlé USA is proud to recognize Isaac Taylor, a student at East Elementary School as one of two recipients of this year’s Nestlé Very Best In Youth/Adopt-A-School Essay Competition award. Isaac was chosen for his strong academic record, good citizenship and leadership skills. “Isaac is a positive leader in the classroom and comes to school with a smile and sunny attitude each day,” said his teacher, Donna Hutton. An all-A honor roll student, Isaac participates in football and basketball. The South Madison school boardhas recognized him in their Character Counts program for Trustworthiness.
East Elementary has been a part of Nestlé’s Adopt-ASchool program for the past five years. Through the Nestlé Adopt-A-School program, Nestlé employee volunteers give their time and talent to young students at schools nationwide. Nestlé encourages the fifth and sixth graders of their Adopt-A-School program to submit essays with topics ranging from personal heroes to life’s greatest challenges.
Isaac Taylor will receive $1,000 to donate to a charity of his choice. He will be profiled, along with the 23 teen recipients of the 2011 Nestlé “Very Best In Youth” Award in a book authored by Nestlé USA. In addition, he will join in a four-day weekend of festivities in Los Angeles this July.
Nestlé has selected NBA Allstar Blake Griffin as this year’s Nestlé “Very Best In Youth” program spokesperson. Griffin, only 22 years old himself, is passionate about using his success to be a positive role model for kids. “It takes a strong work ethic to get people rallied behind a cause, and I am excited to join Nestlé in celebrating the inspiring accomplishments of these incredible kids,” he said.
Encouraging excellence in America’s youth is one of many Nestlé’s community endeavors. An on-line booklet includes past winners and their parents discuss the factors and conditions that encouraged their growth and enthusiasm for both academics and community service.