**Updated 10/15: Today is the last day to buy flags!**
One of the saddest times in our school’s history was at the end of May when we lost a high school student, Jeremiah York, in a vehicle accident. Everyone who knew him continues to grieve as they miss him. However, we also recognize how important it is to honor the best things about Jeremiah. Today, on September 30, his birthday, we are rolling out JEYVI (Jeremiah Enoch York Volunteerism Initiative). Jeremiah’s family is supportive of JEYVI, and his brother, Josiah, who is a Chatham Charter graduate (‘18), has been instrumental in its creation.
The goals of this initiative are simple:
To honor Jeremiah’s commitment of volunteerism and service
To inspire Chatham Charter students and other individuals to give back to their school and community
To encourage others to see the value in living a life that includes service
Our first two JEYVI projects set the tone for giving to others in ways Jeremiah would have.
One is to commit to 17 acts of kindness. Jeremiah’s family invites everyone to find ways of extending kindness to others. Why 17? Jeremiah would have turned 17 today, September 30th. Jeremiah’s cousin, Grace Trogdon, has designed a campus banner that anyone can sign as a commitment.
The second JEYVI project honors Jeremiah's staunch patriotism. American flags will be available for purchase to be posted on campus during the school’s annual November veterans event. The two sizes will sell for $2 and $5, and all proceeds will benefit a scholarship named for Jeremiah. Purchase flags beginning this week and at Charter's Got Talent on Friday.