Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy students honored for service

Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy students honored for service: (l-r):Library Director Tom Putnam, Columbia Campus Principal Claire Sheridan, Johanna Thermitus, Richelene Pierre, Lower Mills Principal Kim Mahoney, McKenzie Jeanette, Academy Regional Director Russ Wilson, Neponset Campus Principal Kate Brandley.Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy students honored for service: (l-r):Library Director Tom Putnam, Columbia Campus Principal Claire Sheridan, Johanna Thermitus, Richelene Pierre, Lower Mills Principal Kim Mahoney, McKenzie Jeanette, Academy Regional Director Russ Wilson, Neponset Campus Principal Kate Brandley.

Three Pope John Paul II Catholic Academy students were honored with the Make a Difference Award on Wednesday, March 15 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in recognition of the volunteer work they have performed in their communities.

Richelene Pierre, Grade 8 from the Neponset Campus, was recognized for collecting money for Food for the Poor. McKenzie Jeanette, Grade 6 from the Lower Mills Campus, was recognized for her service to Baldness for Breast Cancer Awareness, wearing a bald cap to school all day and speaking to the students about why she was wearing it. Johanna Thermitus, Grade 8 from the Columbia Campus, began Crossing Guard Appreciation Day for the entire Academy to celebrate.

At the ceremony, each student received a personalized certificate recognizing their work on their project from Library Director, Tom Putman, and Steve Grossman, Massachusetts Treasurer. The Kennedy Presidential Library’s Make a Difference Award is given to students who are nominated by a teacher or principal for an outstanding contribution they have made to their school, neighborhood, town, or the global community.

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