Monday, November 28, 2016

Service Awards given to outstanding OUC students impacting local community


Ohio University – Chillicothe honored numerous students who went above and beyond to organize impactful community service projects during the annual Heritage Day celebration held Nov. 17, 2016.  
This year’s winners included Ricky Martin, Jaimee Jenkins, Carly Joseph and the OUC Student Social Work Association.

Martin, a senior who is majoring in communications, demonstrated his passion for service through his efforts to organize a community rally and vigil in the wake of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting in June 2016. He took it upon himself to reach out to several local organizations in order to rally support for the vigil, which brought in nearly 150 people. The event featured numerous speakers, an outreach plan for Orlando and brought light to local organizations that helped to pave a pathway for future endeavors in Chillicothe and foster an inclusive environment on campus and beyond.

Jenkins and Joseph, both early childhood teacher candidates, played a pivotal role in ensuring children at Zane Trace elementary were prepared for Kindergarten by participating as unpaid, volunteer teachers for the Jump Start Program. Jump Start, an intensive 4-week early childhood education program that emphasizes student success, helps students identified as needing additional assistance revisit skills necessary to be successful in Kindergarten. Both Jaimee and Carly’s work helped ensure future success for the children participating in this important program.

The OUC Student Social Work Association demonstrated an impressive and inspiring year of service to the community at large. Through various fundraisers and events, they were able to raise $1,700 for organizations such as the Christian Children’s home of Ohio’s Operation Holiday Smiles – which gave 40 families the ability to provide Christmas presents to their children. They also raised $1,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Ohio through numerous raffles, contests and events. Their dedication to philanthropy and goodwill that benefits local organizations is demonstrative of impactful community service.

“These awards capture the spirit of this event, the campus, and the region by honoring individuals who have a passion for helping others,” said Martin Tuck, Dean of OUC campus. “As a part of their upbringing and formal education, these individuals were taught to be considerate, helpful and to serve the community with their time and talents, and there are none more deserving than those we honored during Heritage Day.”

Each recipient of the award received a certificate of recognition and their names will be inscribed on a plaque in the Stevenson Learning Commons to memorialize their accomplishments.  

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