School student recognised for her 150 acts of kindness during lockdown

Jasmine Wade receiving her award from principal Simon Parsons.

Jasmine Wade receiving her award from principal Simon Parsons. - Credit: SAWTRY ACADEMY

A student at Sawtry Village Academy has been presented with an award that recognised her "exceptional acts of kindness in the community".

Jasmine Wade, a Year 13 student, has received the academy’s prestigious Principal’s Award. The award was presented by principal, Simon Parsons, for Jasmine's commitment and resilience which she showed after carrying out 150 acts of service throughout last year’s lockdown.

Jasmine was inspired by the church youth programme she belongs to called Young Women’s’ which is a group for girls aged between 12 and 18, who were celebrating their 150th anniversary. As part of the church’s anniversary celebrations, members announced they would be completing a 150 acts of service challenge.

Jasmine took this challenge one step further completing multiple 150 acts of service by herself. Just some of the acts of service Jasmine completed were delivering 150 baked goods to friends and neighbours and uploading more than 150 images for the BillionGraves app taken from her local cemetery.

She also made a painting for a friend in hospital who is an art teacher and had previously taught Jasmine how to make pictures out of grids, leading her to create a piece of artwork made from 150 grids as part of the challenge.

Jasmine’s acts of service didn’t stop there. Jasmine, alongside her brother, she completed community services such as a mammoth gardening clearing project, making headbands with buttons to hold face masks and delivering them to medical staff at three different hospitals, baking even more goods and raising donations for the local food bank.

Mr Parsons said: “We are incredibly proud to present this award to Jasmine for all of her hard work in supporting the community during last year’s lockdown. The award, which was started in 2015, allows us to recognise and celebrate our students’ successes and activities which go above and beyond to help our local community.

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"Jasmine’s dedication to community involvement and valuing other people is a reflection of our ethos as an Academy and we couldn’t be prouder of her achievements.”