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Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna recently recognized several students for earning an impressive number of volunteer hours in the Award of Merit program. The program focuses on fostering volunteer opportunities for Maplewood Career Center students.
The students who were recognized included Mikayla Best with 77 hours, Dakota Carte with 59 hours, Sara Chandler with 87 hours, Nicholas Feezle with 50 hours, Sarah Fry with 53 hours, Hailey Golden with 98 hours, Bethany Head with 262 hours, Olivia Jenkins with 92 hours, Emily Masters with 424 volunteer hours, Lexy Ule with 184 hours and Angel Zeigler with 58 hours. The students had a combined total of 1,445 hours.
"This is a group of students who are very involved in their communities and who have dedicated a huge amount of their time to others," said Michelle McPherson, Maplewood Career Center's Career Education coordinator. "They should all be proud of themselves for their accomplishments, and I hope that this program has inspired them continue to volunteer their time to their communities in the future."
Each student who participates must accumulate a minimum of 50 volunteer hours in order to earn an Award of Merit. Students can earn Award of Merit hours by volunteering their time at Maplewood, in their home school district, assisting an elderly neighbor, getting involved in a church youth group or by spending time volunteering at any of the community organizations or agencies in Portage County.
Some of the places students volunteered included the Coleman Adult Day Center, University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna, Portage County-Randolph Fair, Akron Children's Hospital and various local churches.
"Congratulations to all of these generous students," said Superintendent Randy Griffith. "It is wonderful to see how many students at Maplewood are positively impacting the lives of others."
For more information about Maplewood Career Center, visit www.mwood.cc.