JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Thurman Haynes, a 97-year-old volunteer from Jamestown, has been named the national winner of the Salute to Senior Service contest.
Haynes was selected from thousands of nominees and 50 state-level winners.
Haynes was honored during a ceremony on Monday.
“Haynes is recognized by this prestigious award for his dedicated community service at the Haynes-Inman Education Center, a school for children with disabilities, where he volunteers more than 80 hours per month,” Home Instead said in a news release.
“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. Haynes also lends a hand during PE class, helping students participate in volleyball, jump rope, shuffleboard and other activities.”
Haynes has been involved at the school since its inception back in 2010.
The school is named in part for Hayne’s granddaughter, Meredith, who had mental and physical disabilities.
“Thurman Haynes reminds us all how important it is to celebrate life on a daily basis,” said Kevin Carr, the principal of Haynes-Inman Education Center. “You can’t buy what Thurman brings to Haynes-Inman. His dedication and the respect and love he gives others is amazing.”
Haynes additionally won the Salute to Senior Service state award for North Carolina. As both the state and national winner, Haynes earned a total of $5,500 for his charity of choice – donated by Home Instead, Inc. Haynes also has a spot on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame where his story is posted.