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President's Volunteer Service Award to Andy Kim '13

Imagine opening your mailbox and finding it filled with letters of commendation from the White House. For Jun Bum Andy Kim ’13, it was an honor – and a complete surprise.

In a letter from President Barack Obama, Andy was recognized for his volunteer work and awarded three President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2010, 2011, and 2012.

“As a freshman, I didn’t know how to give back to the community, but it was important for me to do something for others,” said Andy. He began working as an orderly at a hospital in Korea during the summer, helping to translate and guide newly admitted patients and families. Next, through the Korean Blind Union, he learned how to type Braille, and worked translating books for the visually impaired.

“I didn’t want to stop helping just because I was back at school so I kept typing and continuing to do as much as possible during the academic year,” says Andy. A friend then pointed him to an educational and guidance organization for Korean students in the Boston area. “I told them about my work and they made it ‘official’ and submitted my name for the awards.”

“I was so surprised to receive the awards – I didn’t believe they were real. I didn’t do this work for the recognition, but it feels good to be recognized – especially by the President – for what I’ve done. Cushing has taught me how to lead people and to think about bigger leadership opportunities later in life. I’ve served in class officer positions and I am encouraging myself to do more. In the future maybe I’ll be the President of my country. I have big dreams.”

For more information on the President’s Volunteer Service Award, please click here.

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Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.