The Amazing Shake teaches Transformation Zone students important skills such as proper handshakes, confidence, and conversational skills.
Students from Caddo Schools’ Transformation Zone took over the Louisiana Tower in downtown Shreveport last Friday, November 6th, for the Amazing Shake competition. Started by the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Caddo Parish is now one of over 100 districts that participates in the national event. The Amazing Shake teaches students important skills such as manners, discipline, respect, and professional conduct and components of the competition include proper handshakes, confidence, and conversational skills.
Students first competed at their schools and the top ten “shakers” from 14 Transformation Zone schools then participated in the event at Community Foundation’s Community Central. These 140 students each met with three local professionals to be scored in a variety of categories. The 50 professionals in attendance were mostly attorneys, but also included city and community leaders that volunteered their time for the event. One winner from each school will be selected to attend a national competition and workshop in Washington D.C. in May and two 2016 scholars, both representing Fair Park Middle School, will compete at the Amazing Shake Nationals in Atlanta in February.
The students weren’t the only ones competing, however. There was a competition among law firms to see who could get the most attorneys to participate, with Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway taking the top prize. Seventeen hundred dollars was donated to the Caddo Parish School Board to send the Amazing Shake finalists to Washington D.C. in the name of the winning firm. Contributions to the prize money were made by Tom Arceneaux; Blanchard, Walker, O’Quin & Roberts; the Community Foundation and an anonymous donor.
The Community Foundation’s mission is to strengthen communities through philanthropy. By bringing together fund donors, their financial advisors and nonprofit agencies, the Foundation is a powerful catalyst for building charitable giving and effecting positive change in our area. Through the generosity and vision of our family of donors, both past and present, the Foundation has granted more than $74 million to vital nonprofit organizations since our inception.