During the month of love, February, Operation Smile is collaborating with numerous local schools and students to launch Spread the Love campaign.
“This campaign is about empowering and encouraging local students to get active, involved and to make a difference in their community right here in Hampton Roads,” said Brigette Clifford, volunteer and founder of Operation Smile’s student programs.
The campaign begins on Feb. 11 at Cape Henry Collegiate with world-renowned motivational speaker Kenyon Salo, who will spread his message, “Create More. Share More. Live More,” to the student body. Salo will also deliver that message to several area schools during the week of Feb. 11, including First Colonial High School, Cox High School, Kellam High School and Ocean Lakes High School.
Students will then be challenged to activate and Spread the Love in their community from Feb. 11–23. Participants will do anything from supporting service opportunities at their schools and volunteering at local organizations to outreach organized by schools. Participating organizations where students will volunteer include: Eliza Hope Foundation, Virginia Aquarium, Clean the Creek, American Red Cross, Judeo-Christian Outreach Center and the Boys & Girls Club.
The Spread the Love campaign will conclude on March 22 with a student-focused talent show celebration titled 757.GOT.TALENT. During the show, young high school artists in the region will compete in a panel-style talent show. During the event, Operation Smile will feature photos and success stories from each of the student projects completed.