Westbury High School Awarded Leadership Grant by Cheniere Energy
The Student Council at Westbury High School has been awarded a Youth Leadership Enrichment and Development (LEAD) grant of $20,000 from Cheniere Energy. Cheniere launched the LEAD Program in Louisiana and Texas in 2014. It is designed to engage the next generation of leaders in community service by empowering students to make project decisions, coordinate work, and allocate budgets. The Student Council wanted to work on a project near the school that would benefit the environment, students, and the surrounding community. They have chosen a project to build a pier at the Willow Waterhole Greenway to be used for fishing, kayak/canoe launching, and environmental sampling. The grant requires the project to be completed by April 2017. Aaron Harris, WHS teacher and advisor for the LEAD project, said: "The students are very excited about receiving this grant and we have already had meetings with the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy and Cheniere to begin planning. It will definitely fit the criteria for the LEAD Program by engaging the students in decision making, work coordination, and budgeting. I also think they will have a lot of fun and be proud of the finished product."
The Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy, the Harris County Flood Control District, and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department included a pier in the master plan for the Greenway and have recently agreed upon a location. A site on the northwest section of Westbury Lake has been selected, this is only 1/4 of a mile from WHS. Per Ralph Rieger, President of WWGC: "With the news of the generous grant from Cheniere and WHS, the detailed design process for the pier can now start. The preliminary construction cost estimate is $40,000. WWGC had begun fundraising and received a $7500 grant from the Southwest Rotary Club in August and a $2500 grant from the Westbury Area Improvement Corporation in November. With the addition of the $20,000 WHS LEAD grant and the expectation that we can obtain pro bono services for the design, volunteer labor for construction of the deck, all we need is the community’s help in raising $10,000 more!
All those who wish to help on this project can do so by calling the WWGC at (713) 729-1122, donating online at www.willowwaterhole.org or mailing a donation to the address below. WWGC is a tax deductible 501(c)(3) organization.
Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy
1415 Chimney Rock Road
Houston, TX 77035
Please note "Pier Project" on your check.