Davidson student wins Inspirational Student Hero award

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 01:38 PM.

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"Jerrold has been through some tough stuff and there is not one single thing that was brought on by his actions," Carol Cassity, a DMS special-needs teacher, said. "In the three years that I have known Jerrold, he has never complained — and that is enough to be inspirational to me."

But there’s more to it than that.

Davidson’s special-needs program has some 40 students, whom Jerrold supports several ways, Cassity said. He helps teachers understand students who can’t clearly speak, reminds classmates to take their medication and has mediated arguments between students.

"Jerrold has compassion for others," Cassity said.

"It really hurts me to see (students) upset," he said. "It really makes me happy to see kids having fun."

Additionally, he participates in the Buddy program, in which general students assist special-education students with schoolwork.

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