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Published on March 4th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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School District Five student honored for exemplary community service

Photo Credit: Left to Right: Thais West, Jocelyn Godish

IRMO – A Chapin Middle School seventh grade student has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Jocelyn Godish was among the top 10 percent of all applicants from South Carolina in this year’s program.

Certificates of Excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Prudential Spirit of Community Award applicants in each state and the District of Columbia.  President’s Volunteer Service Awards recognize Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.

Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor young people across America for outstanding volunteer service.

Chapin Middle School guidance counselor Thais West nominated Jocelyn for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service.

“Jocelyn is passionate about helping kids with cancer, a passion that comes from her friendship with Dixie, a 5-year-old Leukemia survivor,” West said.  “In the past, Jocelyn has raised money for Riley’s Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana where Dixie was treated.” 

This year, Jocelyn helped collect books for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital so she could help kids locally.  After her mother posted on their local community page, books began being delivered to their door.  Chapin Middle School’s book club assisted with the drive and 340 books were donated to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.  

“Volunteering at Palmetto Health Children’s hospital was a very rewarding experience for me,” said Godish.  “It made me happy to see the look on the children’s faces when they received the books we donated.”

West went on to say, “I am so proud of Jocelyn and her service to the community.  Jocelyn has a big heart and is passionate about the work she does.  She is already working on her next service project.  She is an amazing person and positive example for us all.”

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.

“Across the United States, young volunteers are doing remarkable things to contribute to the well-being of the people and communities around them,” said Prudential CEO Charles Lowrey.  “Prudential is honored to celebrate the contributions of these students, and we hope their stories inspire others to volunteer, too.”

“These students have not only improved their communities through their exemplary volunteer service, but also set a fine example for their peers,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP.  “Each of their stories is proof of the impact one young person can have when they decide to make a difference.”

The Prudential Spirit of Community Award application details were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and Affiliates of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network.  These schools and officially-designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging.  In addition to granting Certificates of Excellence and President’s Volunteer Service Awards, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected the State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists.  Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.


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