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WASHINGTON <br />TOWNSHIP <br />Welcome To More <br />FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: <br />Jesse Lightle, Township Administrator, 937-433-0152 <br />Jacqueline Curl, Public Information Manager, 937-433-0152 <br />FOR RELEASE: <br />July 14, 2020 <br />Abdullah Nasir Earns 18th Annual Community Service Award <br />Centerville High School Senior Abdullah Nasir was honored Monday by Washington Township Trustees <br />with the township's 18th annual Community Service Award. For the third year, the award includes a $500 <br />scholarship. <br />Abdullah has contributed his time to five separate CHS service clubs, including Octagon Club, National <br />Honor Society, Key Club, Interact Club and Students Against Drunk Driving. As class secretary, he helped <br />coordinate last year's Spirit Chain project that raised $72,500 for local charities -- a new school record. He <br />also has taught science to elementary students through Chem Buddies, mentored freshmen through Elk <br />Connectors, and tutored middle school students through Study Buddies. <br />"Abdullah is an outstanding young man and has made service an integral part of his life," says National <br />Honor Society Advisor Andrew Yuker, noting that outside of school he has logged more than 700 hours of <br />volunteer service through Muslim Youth Outreach (MYO). "Thanks to MYO, volunteer work has become a <br />passion for Abdullah, and he's grown to love working with and helping others." <br />A founding member of MYO when he was in eighth grade, Abdullah has worked with other Muslim youth <br />to assist the Dayton Food Bank, House of Bread, Hannah's Treasure Chest, St. Vincent de Paul, St. <br />Leonard, Five Rivers MetroParks and Catholic Social Services. The group also meets weekly at the mosque <br />to writes cards for veterans. <br />But among his many volunteer activities, Abdullah has a favorite: On Fridays he visits the home of local <br />Tanzanian refugees where he tutors several young people and frequently plays soccer with them. "We've <br />been with the kids four years and we've seen them grow and become more passionate," he says. "They're <br />amazing kids and it's heartwarming to develop that connection. It just feels like a family." <br />Abdullah credits his mother with setting the example for his voluntarism. An early memory is <br />accompanying her to the mosque during Ramadan where they met with others to assemble food bags and <br />deliver them to people in need. "To me, volunteering was enjoyable. We could make a difference while <br />having fun together." <br />His advice to other students is simple, direct and wise: "I would tell them two things. The first is to get <br />involved with whatever you can. You never know what kind of difference you can make or what kind of <br />difference volunteering can make in you. Second, be sure that you go in with a pure and genuine intent." <br />-more- <br />