Letter: Honor contributions young volunteers make

Published 6:39 pm Tuesday, September 25, 2018

We need your nomination to recognize youth volunteer service today or very soon. So many of our young people give of themselves to help others each day in our community, and the Service Above Self program sponsored by the Rowan Rotary Club, United Way of Rowan, Cheerwine, and Catawba College does not want to miss recognizing any who have given community service so generously.

Last year, 237 students from local schools were recognized for providing 40,512 volunteer hours of service.

Young people from 5-18 years of age are eligible for recognition as individuals or if they volunteer in groups or organizations. All individuals and groups nominated will be recognized at a Service Above Self Annual Awards Ceremony at Keppel Auditorium on the Catawba College campus Thursday, Nov. 29.

Judges will review the nominations and select three winners from each of the following categories: Individuals and Groups in K-5, Middle School and High School.

Cash awards will be presented to the winners, and the top middle and high school winners will also receive generous scholarships to Catawba College.

This will be the 23rd Annual Service Above Self Awards, and we will be recognizing nominees for service that occurred between Aug. 1, 2017, and Oct. 31, 2018.

Nomination forms are available online at www.rowanserviceaboveself.com and must be submitted or postmarked no later than Nov. 9.

I challenge you to recognize the contributions made by our children and youth. Please encourage your family, friends, fellow co-workers, teachers and church members to nominate a child or group today. You will be glad you did.

— Dr. Jerry Chandler


Chandler is co-chair of the Rowan Service Above Self Program.