Washington TownshipMontgomery County, Ohio

Community Service Award

Jamal Pracha

Jamal Pracha Receives 17th Annual Community Service Award

Jamal Pracha, the recipient of the township’s 17th annual Community Service Award, has volunteered extensively for two Centerville High School service organizations and also with his family.

An officer with Interact club, he has played a leadership role in myriad projects, including collecting, organizing and distributing books for a Dayton elementary school, selling merchandise to raise funds to build a well in Malawi, and working at the House of Bread and Hannah’s Treasure Chest. His volunteer efforts on behalf of local Syrian refuges have included collecting household items and helping to organize a dodge ball tournament fundraiser.

As art director for Interact, Jamal designed the club t-shirt and created images for fundraising merchandise, including mugs that raised nearly $3,000 for Artemis Center. He also has served as vice-president of Centerville High School’s National Honor Society where he organized and oversaw service hours for up to 40 students, worked on a holiday toy drive, and helped collect food for St. Vincent DePaul.

More about Jamal's activities can be found here:

Washington Township's Community Service Award Recognizes High School Volunteers

Jamal Pracha

Jamal Pracha, 2019 Award Recipient

Washington Township's Community Service Award is given each year to a local high school student who exemplifies service to the community.

Recipients receive a proclamation, recognition and, since 2018, a $500 scholarship to assist them on their educational path.

Township trustees established the award in 2003 to recognize deserving student volunteers and, in the process, draw attention to the importance of public service. By recognizing students who are generous with their time, Washington Township hopes to foster an ethic of voluntarism among the next generation. Service is an important aspect of citizenship and volunteers are essential if we are to create and maintain strong, vibrant communities.

Community Service Award selection is made by the advisors of Centerville High School's four service organizations: Key Club, Octagon Club, Interact Club and National Honor Society. Recognition is given to the student who, through his or her sustained efforts, best exemplifies the spirit of service to the local, national or international community. Scholastic achievement is not a key factor in the award.