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Mark Shaw | America's Smiliest Role Model

Mark | America's Smiliest Role Model


When his community was losing neighborhood services and educational programs for children, Mark Shaw could not sit by and watch it happen. To create a positive environment and a safe haven for the inner-city youth of Sumter, South Carolina, Mark formed LAY UP, a non-profit organization that offers children after-school and summer programs. Under Mark’s leadership, LAY UP (Leading America’s Youth Upward Program) offers tutoring, counselling, mentoring and physical activities for the youth. Mark’s nominator says that Mark’s goal is to steer middle and high school students away from the pitfalls of drugs, gangs, violence and promiscuity and encourages them to study hard, use proper etiquette and become productive and upstanding members of society. By preparing teens and empowering them for community leadership and success in their personal lives, Mark’s efforts have helped to positively transform his community.

Congratulations to David Bush, the America's Smiliest Role Model Winner!

Read David's story here.

Congratulations to our other runners up!

The following men and women will also receive a Rickey Smiley Eyewear Prize Pack (two pairs of Rickey Smiley Eyeglasses, with frames, single vision plastic lenses and eye exam, a $104.95 value) and a $500 donation to the cause of his or her choice!

These men and women are making a difference in our communities and we are happy to thank them for all that they do as role models.

*In certain states, eye exams are provided by independent Doctors of Optometry or Ophthalmology. Eye exam regularly $45 without the two pair offer. Two pair purchase required for FREE eye exam offer.