From Mentor to Mentee: Miss Illinois volunteers with Maddie Mazzella, Miss Illinois’ Outstanding Pre-Teen
Since being crowned Miss Illinois this past June, Megan Ervin has made it her priority to visit hundreds of schools throughout the state of Illinois during her year of service. In addition to speaking about her platform, “The Heptathlon of Healthy Habits”, one of the many roles of Miss Illinois is to travel throughout the state to schools and promote the Character Counts Program. As Miss Illinois, she places a tremendous amount of importance on mentoring the youth of Illinois. Mentoring also plays a big role in the Miss America Program and is something that all title holders have the opportunity to participate in. Megan along with Maddie Mazzella, Miss Illinois ‘Outstanding Pre-Teen, enjoy a mentoring bond through their community service.
On June 29th, Maddie won the title of Miss Illinois’ Outstanding Pre-Teen. Each contestant had to pick a community service platform and Maddie chose the Ronald McDonald House. Her sister also had spent six weeks in the Children’s Memorial Hospital after she was born. The Ronald McDonald Program holds a special place in Maddie’s heart as she actively participates in the ‘Meals from the Heart’ Program.
Megan and Maddie had the pleasure of working with one another at the new Ronald McDonald House located at 211 East Grand where they took part in the ‘Meals from the Heart’ program. This service provides families comfort and relaxation with a home cooked meal after spending a day at the hospital alongside their children. Megan and Maddie created a meal fit for a “queen”. They planed the menu, purchased the ingredients, prepared and served the meal to families. From the six pillars of Character Counts, Megan and Maddie focused on the importance of “Caring” and “Citizenship”. Megan stresses the importance of helping people and showing others that you care through her year of volunteerism as Miss Illinois.
Invite Miss Illinois to visit your community and to speak at a local school about Character Counts. To learn more about Character Counts visithttp://charactercounts.org/overview/about.html