High school students in Perry County have taken several titles and earned many awards over the years, including the state championship in football, but there is another way the entire student body will receive recognition.
Students at Hazard High School have raised around $2,000 since last month's tornados to help victims and that was not even up for consideration when they applied for a Governor's Award for Volunteerism and Service.
“We do community service just about every month, we are just trying to get involved in the community and give back,” said Laiken Sandlin, a Hazard High School Senior.
The students have gone from selling flower bulbs to asking for donations.
“The bags were sold bags of five tulips or bags of ten and we probably had about a good 150 people buying,” said Stephanie Tom another Hazard High School Senior.
Off all the 325 students and people that work at HHS, each person gave a dollar for the tornado relief telethon at WYMT, totaling a $325 donation.
Students also assisted those displaced by a fire at Eblen Apartments, a building that once was Hazard High School. The entire student body said they are no strangers to helping their neighbors.
“It makes you proud of the students and the teachers, because you know this takes a lot of time,” said Principal Happy Mobelini.
Students at hazard high school have earned a ton of awards for both academic and athletic achievement over the years. The one they were nominated for this year is neither, but the principal said it will equally recognize the students’ spirit.
Students and administrators have now been able to add a 2011 Governor's Award for Volunteerism and Service to their list of accomplishments. The award is through the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service. Mobelini said to his knowledge it is the first time a high school as itself has been a recipient.
“But what makes it really good is with the fire victims and stuff, these kids gave up their Christmas break, they do things on spring break. it's not about getting out of school or that type of thing,” said Mobelini.
Another example was the football team who had a community fund raiser to help out the Morgan County High School team that lost everything.
“We don't try to think of ourselves as a football team, we try to think of ourselves as part of this high school. if we are part of this high school, this high school is good for going out and helping people when they need help,” said Football Coach Mark Dixon.
Some said it is one lesson they had learned outside of the classroom.
“Our town is so small and everything so we all have to come together to be able to get anything done,” said Senior Mary Rachel Hammonds.
“It puts a lot of pride in me, because it is helping our community out.”
A ceremony to publicly recognize the school for it's volunteer award be held sometime in may or June, depending on the governor's schedule.