Greenville Technical Charter High School – #VoicesofJAF

July 8, 2016 by mitchellcohen

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We believe that celebration is inspiration, and that by telling incredible stories about Jefferson Award winners, we inspire more people to participate in public service. Throughout the month, we’ll be sharing stories from our National Ceremony, where Jefferson Award winners talked about their service and how winning a Jefferson Award magnifies their efforts and boosts their impact. They are the #VoicesofJAF.

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In June, Greenville Technical Charter High School’s Students in Action team was named the top SIA team in the country.

During the last school year, three students at Greenville Technical Charter High School lost parents to heart related trauma. Spurred by these tragedies, Greenville’s SIA team sprang into action, determined to save lives in their community and across their state. They trained every student and faculty member at their school in hands on CPR, and then extended trainings into their community. It was then they found that in states surrounding South Carolina, CPR was a requirement for high school graduation. Their Youth in Government delegation wrote a bill similar to that in neighboring states, which was signed by the Youth Governor. But they didn’t stop there. They lobbied their state representatives, and this requirement was signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley.

Thank you so much to the Jefferson Awards Foundation, for empowering a little school from South Carolina to take on and do big things this year. Losing three parents to heart trauma in last year’s school year, started us on the road to successfully CPR training all of our 400+ students and faculty.

But that was just the beginning. These students also held drives for flood victims in South Carolina, Syrian refugees, and blood banks. They also promoted Heart Healthy Month and raised money for the Julie Valentine Center. These efforts added up to over 20,000 hours of community service throughout the year. It’s because of this incredible level of dedication and impact that Greenville SIA was chosen from over 300 teams across the country to win top prize. To learn more, visit

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