Many high school students do community service projects, and sometimes it pays off with more than a good feeling in the heart.
This was the case for 33 Orange County high school students; recognized by the Disneyland Resort as “Dreamers & Doers” for their extra efforts in improving their communities.
During a luncheon held at the Disneyland Hotel on Saturday, the students from 25 county high schools all received medals recognizing them as “Shining Stars” as part of the resort’s program.
This is the second year for the program, with each student receiving two tickets to Disneyland and a $1,000 pay-it-forward grant for their school.
In addition, five of the students received an extra recognition as “Luminaries.” They received a $3,000 grant to award an Orange County nonprofit of their choice, along with a weekend prize package that includes a stay at the Disneyland Resort with their families.
Anna Lou, a student at Oxford Academy, received her recognition as one of the “Luminaries” for her efforts in creating an outreach program called “Scratch in Schools,” which provides after-school computer coding classes for elementary school students.
“I learned coding and programming 10 years ago, and wanted to help others learn to get ahead,” she said.
So far, the program has reached more than 500 students at nine elementary schools.
Another “Luminaries” recognized was Dalton Bourne, a student at San Juan Hills High School in San Juan Capistrano.
Bourne, a junior, created a safe driving initiative based on keeping teenage drivers off their smart phones while driving.
His initiative raised money to purchase 600 microfiber bags for his fellow students that included the school’s logo, in which students or parents who pledged to place their cell phones in them while driving.
“I did this because a friend died in a terrible car crash a few years ago,” he said.
Three others were also recognized: Sydney Fredette from Santa…