Lexington student nabs presidential honor
Awards from the president of the United States don’t come along every day, but Paul Kim can now display his award proudly.
A student at Lexington High, who also takes courses at Lexington Technology Center in Lexington County School District One, Kim recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for dedicating his time to serve his local community.
Kim was honored with the Gold Level President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing 104 service hours. Gold-level is the highest level attainable for persons in Kim’s 11-15 age group.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award falls under the Corporation for National and Community Service in paertnership with Points of Light, the largest organization in the world for volunteer service.
Individuals in Kim’s age bracket must partner with a certified organization and contribute at least 100 hours of non-monetary, in-kind service, to receive the award. Kim completed his service hours through the Lexington Technology Center’s HOSA program, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America.
“The time Paul has invested in our community with the work he has put into brightening other people’s lives, not to mention his own career path, is phenomenal,” LTC Director Bryan Hearn stated. “Paul is a great ambassador for service-learning and the Lexington Technology Center.”
Kim chose to volunteer at an extended-care center for senior citizens, assisting CNAs with daily tasks and activities for the residents. In addition, he played his violin every weekend for patients in the center’s Alzheimer’s unit.
Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients such as Kim receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, medallion or coin, and a congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama.