GCS Volunteer Named National Winner of Senior Volunteer Contest

Thurman Haynes is one of GCS’ dedicated volunteers   

Photo State of Our Schools: During GCS’ State of Our Schools video, Thurman
Haynes reminds others that you are never too young, or old, to volunteer.  

"At 97 years old – or maybe, young – Thurman Haynes is proving that age is just a number when it comes to volunteering.

A daily volunteer at Haynes-Inman Education Center, Haynes was named the national winner of the Salute to Senior Service® contest, sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care. He was selected from the 50 state-level winners that were chosen from the thousands of nominees.

"We are honored to present the national Salute to Senior Service award to Thurman Haynes," said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc. "Thurman's longstanding service to the Haynes-Inman Education Center demonstrates so well the significant and meaningful impact senior volunteers have on their communities every day. He also proves age is irrelevant when it comes to making a positive difference in the lives of others."

The award comes as schools across the district recognize the contributions of their volunteers during National Volunteer Week. 

Haynes additionally won the Salute to Senior Service state award for North Carolina. As both the state and national winner, he earned a total of $5,500 for the Haynes-Inman PTA, which will be presented to him and the school on Monday, April 14 at 10 a.m.

"Thurman Haynes reminds us all how important it is to celebrate life on a daily basis," said Principal Kevin Carr in his nomination. “His dedication and the respect and love he gives others is amazing."

Haynes was recognized for his dedicated volunteer service at the school, which serves 130 students ranging in age from preschool to age 22 – most with severe to profound cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Volunteering more than 80 hours per month, Haynes is often one of the first to arrive and greet students each school day. He assists them off the bus and ensures they arrive at class safely. He also lends a hand during PE class, helping students participate in volleyball, jump rope, shuffleboard and other activities.

Haynes has been involved with Haynes-Inman since its inception when the district approached him about selling some of his land for the school. The school, which opened in 2010, is named in part for Hayne's granddaughter, Meredith, who had mental and physical disabilities."
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