OCALA, Fla. – Jonathan and Christopher Collins of Ocala were recently honored for their exemplary volunteer service with the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The twins, currently enrolled in 10th grade at Florida Virtual School Full Time, have participated in more than 100 hours of service during the last 12 months, the school said in a news release.
The release said the The President’s Volunteer Service Award is given to Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time in service to their community and their country. The Collins twins were presented with the award by Center Point Community Church in Naples.
"I have a passion for helping others and for making a difference in my community," Jonathan said. "It was an honor to be able to assist children grow and learn; however, I discovered in this process that I was the one who was being richly blessed. Although it was hard work and many days I left tired, I was excited that I knew I made a difference that day."
"I feel that it is a public responsibility to pay back to the community, and I hope my example will empower others to start doing the same," Christopher said. "I am honored to receive this award and proud of the service I returned to the community. It is always great to encourage others to volunteer; however, once they do volunteer, they find the true reward is the pride that comes from doing it. It was an honor to receive the President's Volunteer Service Award and I look forward to continuing my volunteer efforts."
FLVS Full Time is a statewide, online public school serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The school provides students with an online education and individualized approaches to learning.