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In the Classroom: Westside Middle School student receives volunteer award

Posted at 3:07 PM, May 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 01:19:34-04

Nathan Chan is a busy 8th grader at Westside Middle School. He's a good student and takes part in a math club, but his commitments extend beyond the school's walls. 

Last year he volunteered 100 hours. He volunteers by working with people at the Omaha Public Libraryteaching technology at Do Space, packaging meals at Food Bank for the Heartland, helping with events at Henry Doorly Zoo and raising money for the Salvation Army

Chan has turned his interests into opportunities to give back. "I really believe in reading, that's why I volunteer at the Omaha Public Library," Chan told us, "I really like working with new technology like 3d printers so that's why I work at Do Space."

His commitment to his community earned him a Presidential Service Award. He received a certificate and letter from President Donald Trump. 

Westside Middle School Principal Russ Olsen nominated Chan, "I don't know if you can find a student that is more genuine, sincere, just polite, wonderful, nice to everybody."

"Certainly as a student to be able to give back to others and see they're part of a greater community and they have an integral part of our society is pretty important," Olsen said.