WSSU Honors Program members
The Honors Program received the Jerry Long Memorial Outstanding Volunteer Award from the city of W-S. The luncheon, which was rescheduled due to inclement weather, was held today at the Old Town Club. Each student is required to complete 15 community service hours each semester. During the 2012-2013 school year, students completed over 8,000 community service hours.
“Public service, at times, requires that individuals explore deeper meanings, consider broader implications and make stronger decisions about specific group needs,” said Dr. Soncerey Montgomery, director of the Honors program. Honors students consistently and selflessly avail themselves to the collective commitment to give back to the community and positively impact the world.”
She said of her students that their compassion and devotion to helping others is evident in the significant number of hours they commit to on-campus activities and community service-oriented programs. “Honors students volunteer in many different capacities, including projects like disposing of trash for the Adopt-a-Street cleanup, feeding the homeless at the Samaritan Ministries, cleaning facilities at the Family House, organizing activities for patients and families at the Ronald McDonald House, tutoring at local schools, etc. I’m so proud of the students for using their time, talents and resources to make a difference in the lives of others.”
Ms. Carolyn Thomas, Honors Program assistant (left), and Martina Watson, VP of the Student Honors Organization, accept award.
“We are humbled to be recognized as outstanding volunteers by the city of Winston-Salem. Receiving the Jerry Long Memorial Outstanding Volunteer Award for 2013 lets us know that our services are valued and our efforts are not in vain,” Montgomery noted. “Receiving this award also brings to life the wise words of Corrie Ten Boom: ‘The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration but its donation’.”
The focus of the group’s volunteer work is on First Street and adjourning streets located by the BP Service Station on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.