Sarah-Ann Charles, a senior at Ss. Peter and Paul School, was among the six students honored by the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas at a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., memorial on January 13.
The annual ceremony, which takes place in the synagogue within the context of the Reform Jewish worship service, honors one student from each of the St. Thomas high schools. Principals or guidance counselors nominated these students for leading lives that exemplify Dr. King’s teachings.
Ms. Charles is an altar server at St. Anne Chapel. Working with the Law Enforcement Planning Commission (LEPC) as the Virgin Islands Youth Ambassador against Drugs, Crime and Violence, she led a march and rally where she introduced the youth to outlets in the community where they could turn rather than turning to drugs, crime and violence. She volunteers with the Virgin Islands Resource Center for the Disabled, where she helps the disabled children with educational and recreational activities so they may increase their self-confidence and feel equal to other youth. She also volunteers with the Virgin Islands Horse Rescue, helping to care for horses that were taken away from their abusive owners so that they may be nursed back to health and be adopted by others.
In addition to the recognition, the students received a $500 U.S. savings bond and a book, Shared Dreams: Martin Luther King and the Jewish Community.