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.