Lakeville Area Schools student support services coordinator Lisa Holien, and early childhood family education manager Julie Ritter have been named Melvin Jones Fellows by the Lions Club International Foundation for their humanitarian service leading the district’s Ready, Set, Achieve! program.
Holien and Ritter were nominated and awarded Melvin Jones Fellows by the Lakeville Lions Club at the annual Lakeville Lions Club Pan-O-Prog bingo fundraiser on July 11. Through their professional work and volunteerism, the women have been dedicated to supporting Lakeville Area students and families in school and in life. Their work includes establishing the Ready, Set, Achieve! Program, a back-to-school event that provides students with the essentials needed to be ready for school– an event that has supported thousands of students since its establishment in 2013 with free school supplies, backpacks, clothing, professional haircuts, and other community services and resources.
The Lakeville Lions Club, which have been part of the Lakeville community since 1953, works closely with the district, community leaders and other service organizations to support humanitarian causes throughout the Lakeville Area community. The club has worked closely with Holien and Ritter fundraising essential dollars to offer school supplies and vision screenings for Lakeville Area students in need.
Learn more about how you can support Lakeville Area students in need through the Ready, Set, Achieve! program.