Local Student Volunteers Honored by Kennedy Presidential Library
Two local students were among 100 middle school students from across Massachusetts to be honored with the Make a Difference award on Wed., March 23, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in recognition of the volunteer work the students have performed in their communities, according to a written statement from the library.
Among the recipients were Brianna Braza, fifth grade student, and Mina Shehata, sixth grade student, at Stacy Middle School for their volunteerism with the Jag Youth Council and creating “Find Yourself Fridays,” the statement said.
The Youth Council wrote and received a United Way of Tri-County Youth Venture mini-grant to hold this monthly event held at the Youth Center which aims to create a healthy, fun and educational environment for local youth while offering them an opportunity to improve their community, according to the statement.
The award is given to students who are nominated by a teacher or principal for an outstanding contribution they have made to their school, neighborhood, town, or the global community, the statement said.
“President Kennedy believed that every person can make a difference and each of us should try,” Library Director Tom Putnam said in the statement. “These students are inspiring example of JFK’s timeless call to service.”
The Make a Difference award program is sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, a presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and supported, in part, by the non-profit Kennedy Library Foundation. The award is made possible with support from Comcast, the statement said.