From left: Lincoln Academy Director of Career and Academic Counseling Annie Edwards, Community Housing Improvement Project representative Susan Glueck, 2024 Ruth Ives Humanitarian Award Winner Makenna Dunstan ’25, Career and Academic Counselor Alicia Lemar, and Career and Academic Counselor Sean Sonderman.

Each year Lincoln Academy awards the Ruth Ives Humanitarian Award to a junior who has “a demonstrated record of volunteer service within the school or local community, displays personal qualities and actions which typify genuine concern for improving social justice and equality, a record demonstrating participation in activities at the school or community level which demonstrates the foregoing principles, and displays good moral character in the school and local community.”

Ruth Ives co-founded CHIP (The Community Housing Improvement Project) with her husband Bobby Ives. After she died in 2006, this award was founded to recognize an LA student who upholds the values Ruth held dear.

CHIP helps repair homes and provide heating assistance to local families in need. “CHIP’s ability to help has grown, as the financial support we get from the local community comes in,” said Susan Glueck, who served as CHIP’s treasurer for 12 years and presented the Ruth Ives Humanitarian award on May 17. “We are so grateful to have been able to repair 73 homes in 2023 – everything from handicap ramps to window insets to keep out the winter winds to roof repairs. We help with fuel in the winter, too – 230 families were warmer this past winter.

“CHIP is grateful for the help provided by LA students, who help make the custom-fit window inserts and also lend a hand stacking firewood.”

The 2024 Ruth Ives Humanitarian Award was presented to Lincoln Academy junior Makenna Dunstan. “Makenna has volunteered extensively throughout Lincoln County at organizations including the YMCA, local nursing homes, as well as Lincoln Academy’s Sigma Sigma Chi, National Honor Society, Student Health Advisory Board, Ambassadors, and Peer Tutors,” Glueck said during the presentation. “She also manages two varsity sports teams. She represented Lincoln Academy at the Augusta State House for a meeting of Independent Schools, and is currently helping plan an on-campus blood drive for the 2024-25 school year.”

“In addition to these contributions,” Glueck continued, “she is a fierce women’s advocate and has written articles to bring awareness to social justice and equality challenges in our society.”