Jim Warford, former Chancellor of Public Schools (FL)
MISSION OF THE AWARD
The Peter R. Marsh Foundation recognizes that students who unselfishly provide voluntary service in their communities possess above average social/emotional intelligence, are more empathetic towards others and live peaceful lives, achieve greater-than-average academic success, graduate HS and attend college. In adult life these students typically become competent parents and valuable members of their communities. The objective of the Student Silent Servant Award (“SSSA”) initiative is to support high schools in their efforts to embed emotional/social intelligence in all their students. The SSSA initiative:
Identifies, publically acknowledges and awards students who currently serve.
Examples and affirms the personal rewards of public service.
Inspires all students to participate in public service.
STUDENT & SERVICE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
The student must be attending high school in the United States.
Nominees must independently and voluntarily provide service to others without monetary or material compensation of any type.
The student service must not be an imposed requirement.
The student must be currently serving and have been serving during the previous six months.
The service provided cannot be discriminatory, self-serving, socially divisive or supporting a political ideology.
The award provided by the Foundation consists of:
A non-taxable monetary contribution conveyed by check made payable to the student.
An engraved memorial which includes the personal name of the student.
All high schools within the United States are eligible to participate in the SSSA.
To participate, a school completes and submits the online “Nomination Form” provided on this website. For assistance or to receive the form in “Word”, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In anticipation of leveraging the award presentation as a social/emotional intelligence teaching opportunity, a school may submit a nomination at any time of their choosing.
The selection process of the student nominee is determined by the participating school (which may include networking with community organizations and institutions).
The school selects the person(s) who will present the award and the all-student forum in which the award will be presented.
The Foundation will accept one student nomination per school, per year. (Allow a minimum of two weeks to receive the award via mail.)
Annual participation in the SSSA is encouraged to ensure that each new freshman will receive four years of social/emotional intelligence education and the maximum opportunity to improve their self-worth through public service activities.
The Foundation’s acceptance of a nomination is automatic if the nominated student and their service meet the Student & Service Eligibility Requirements and the Supporting Conditions stated below.
Schools, the students and the community optimize the value of the Student Silent Servant Award initiative when participating on an annual basis.
THE ALL-STUDENT AWARD PRESENTATION FORUM
The Foundation will mail the award to the school approximately two weeks after receiving a complete and eligible nomination.
Schools are encouraged to present the award during an all-school event, allowing sufficient time during the event to cultivate social/emotional intelligence training and inspire public service in all students (graduation ceremonies are not recommended).
It is meaningful to invite the family and friends of the award recipient to attend/participate in the award forum. There is additional value in the inclusion of community leaders.
The Foundation requests that the school provide a photograph of the award recipient (with the award) which the Foundation will incorporate in a press-release, website and media postings. A video of the award presentation, if available, would be of added value.
VIDEO EXAMPLE OF A SCHOOL PRESENTATION
The video (password protected) is an example of an award presentation. The actual structure and content of the presentation is determined by the school. The password, to the video linked below, will be provided to the school upon receipt of an accepted nomination.