Chatham High School Students Earn National Awards For Community Service Impact

Chatham High School is delighted to announce 7 students are being recognized by the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) and InnerView in the fourth Annual National Community Service Awards.  This program, open to all U.S. students, has been designed to connect student community service activities and commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform our world. The Kroger Co. is presenting the second annual Zero Hero Awards to students for taking action to help create communities free of hunger and waste.


Four students were recognized with Merit Awards for 20 hours of service: Sam Cooperman, Brenda Jaroker, Peter Wang, and Vishan Vyas.


Two students were recognized with Honor Awards for 40 hours of service: Kate Ziegler and Shannon Carey.


One student, Raaid Khan, was recognized with the United Nations Global Goals Ambassador Award for 100 hours of service.


Raaid said, “No matter how I volunteer — from captaining events as the Secretary in the High School’s Key Club, to organizing community events with the Student Council and fencing team, or by working with the International Rescue Committee as an active member of RRC — I always want to make sure to give back to the community. Especially with COVID restrictions beginning to cool down, it’s been amazing to have the opportunity to safely volunteer in more fun, active ways again.”


Principal Darren Groh said, “It is always an honor to recognize our students who complete service hours, as it is such a selfless act.  We are especially proud of our students who are being recognized by the UN Association, as they completed a minimum of 20 service hours last year.”


“Youth efforts and voices are essential to achieve the SDGs.  These awards allow us to share our appreciation for youth leaders who have invested talent and effort in the causes they care about,” says Rachel Bowen Pittman, Executive Director of United Nations Association of the USA.  “With a decade remaining to deliver on the SDGs, we are thrilled that these students will be entering the workforce with meaningful community engagement skills and socially aware experiences. We are encouraged that educators are including community service and cultural engagement in the educational experience of their students.”


“We are grateful for the efforts of every Zero Hero among us, especially the 3 student honorees from Chatham High School who serve their communities in ways that advance Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social and environmental impact plan,” said Denise Osterhues, senior director of sustainability and social impact for Kroger. “Through this partnership with InnerView, we’ve connected more than 2,600 Zero Hero student leaders across 35 states to national subject matter experts and resources that build greater awareness of critical issues and inspire meaningful volunteer service, leadership and career exploration.”


Students from Chatham High School delivered the most impact for SDG 3 – Good Health & Well-Being.


“In a year like no other, students have demonstrated resilience and personal understanding of the connectedness between all people and local and global challenges,” says Kristine Sturgeon, CEO of InnerView Technologies.  “We are delighted to amplify and honor the incredible work of students who are changing the world, one action at a time.” The pandemic emphasized a call for change; as a result, student community service activities this past school year grew by more than 37% across the InnerView network of students.


A key artifact students gain through the Award Program is the development of a digital service resume for use in job and college applications to demonstrate personal commitment, 21st century skills, and key areas of interest. The three tier award program recognizes a range of student achievement: Merit for 20 hours, Honor for 40 hours and Ambassador for 100 hours of service this school year and special recognition for a focus on Zero Hunger and Zero Waste.

Raaid Khan best sums up the joy and reward of volunteer service. He said, “I think volunteering is all about the vibes, both that it brings to you and to the people around you. When you’re genuinely having a good time and realize the impact that your service has on others, the work doesn’t really feel like work anymore.”

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