During an on-field ceremony prior to the start of the Baltimore Ravens first kick-off on September 11, the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism honored 21 BCPS students for their work with the CASA Club of Hereford High School, a volunteer program that focuses on making a difference in children’s lives.
It was a big honor for 17 youth groups and organizations throughout Maryland, including Hereford High’s CASA Club, as they were among the recipients of the 17th annual Honor Rows program, a program sponsored through the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism that calls attention to youth groups who provide outstanding service to Maryland communities.
“The students were thrilled to have this opportunity and appreciated the recognition,” said Lisa Turner, advocate supervisor for CASA of Baltimore County.
The recognition came after the students performed countless community service hours, organized a Wacky Tacky 5K and Fun Run to benefit CASA of Baltimore County, and raised awareness about the importance of community involvement amongst their peers and community members. More than 100 runners participated in their scheduled events. Students raised nearly $5,000 and galvanized sponsorship from several organizations.
Turner appreciated the efforts of Hereford math teacher Allison Zane and cross-country coach John Roemer to help students start the club and coordinate the race and fun run.
Turner said, “Hopefully this recognition will encourage more students to get involved and more schools to sponsor clubs.”
As a winning group, Turner said, “The students were surprised to be honored and surprised that they would be attending a Ravens game.” She said, “They had no idea I submitted an application on their behalf.”
The Honor Rows program is a local award, presented by the Governor’s Office of Service and Volunteerism, M&T Bank, and the Baltimore Ravens.
At Sunday’s game, the honorees were able to walk on the field before the game, observe the players’ warm-up, and, as a group they received a citation from the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism.
In addition to attending the game, students received Honor Rows t-shirts, they were shown on the jumbotron at halftime, and they have the opportunity to be featured on a WBAL-TV telecast prior to a home game.