The students of Thornton Township High School District 205 were honored Wednesday in Washington, D.C. as national gold medallion recipients for outstanding service by a high school. The recognition came during the national Jefferson Awards ceremony, according to a news release.
More than 325 high schools from across the country participate in the Jefferson Awards Students in Action program, the release states. Thornton Township High School District 205's 5,000 students at schools in South Holland, Dolton and Harvey were chosen as the top student community volunteers and fundraisers.
This past school year, the District 205 Students in Action Leadership Team sponsored and assisted with multiple community service projects in support of local nonprofits and causes by raising more than $177,000 and logging more than 75,800 hours of community service.
"We're immensely proud of our students," said Jerry Doss, director of public relations and external partnerships for the district.
Doss said the students raised funds for the district's foundation, Catholic Charities and the American Cancer Society as well as conducting a food drive for a Catholic Charities food pantry, among other projects.
In April, District 205 was named the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Regional recipient for outstanding service by a high school, enabling it to represent their region at the Jefferson Awards national ceremony.
The two-day event also recognized 90 Americans with the 41st annual Jefferson Awards, regarded as one of the nation's highest honors for community service and volunteerism.