What is the Make a Difference Award?
Every year the Kennedy Library recognizes up to 100 middle school students from across Massachusetts with the John F. Kennedy Make a Difference Award for the impact they have made in their communities through service projects.
The award is given to students who are nominated by teachers or principals for contributions they have made to their neighborhood, town or community.
Projects for which students received awards in previous years include helping fellow students with disabilities, working at local food pantries and senior centers, organizing recycling projects, raising funds for autism and childhood cancer research, and fundraising for children in Uganda and Haiti.
Who is Eligible?
All middle school students (grades 6-8) participating in unique community service projects are eligible. School personnel should give special consideration to students who have distinguished themselves through their service work. Awards will be given to the first 100 names submitted. Previous award winners are not eligible.
How May I Submit a Nomination?
Teachers, principals and other community leaders may submit nominations via:
★ Online Nomination Form
★ Hardcopy mailer sent to middle schools. (You may photocopy the form in the mailer and may submit the names of up to 2 students from your school via fax (617.514.1652) or U.S. Mail.)
★ Email to jane.lindsay at nara.gov
When is the Submission Deadline?
All submissions must be received by Friday, March 20, 2015. The first 100 students identified will receive confirmation and an invitation to attend the 2015 Award Ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.
When is the 2015 Ceremony?
The 2015 Award Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 9, at 4pm at the Kennedy Library in Boston. Each award winner will receive a personalized “Make a Difference” award certificate in recognition of their service project.
For additional information, please call 617-514-1654 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.