Community service and character development are important priorities for our school district and our entire community.

Providing a well-rounded education is one of the District's fundamental goals and volunteerism, caring and kindness are as important to us as English and math.

The Dublin Chamber of Commerce has developed a tremendous recognition program called the Community Champion Awards designed to recognize students and staff who make it a top priority to give back to our community and volunteer their time to serve others.

Celebrating its 13th anniversary, this award-winning program recognizes Dublin students in grades 4-12 and staff members who exemplify the best of volunteerism, character, leadership and a sense of caring and responsibility for others.

Community members are encouraged to submit nominations online now through Feb. 28 at DublinChamber.org/cca.

The awards ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, in the Dublin Jerome High School Center for Performing Arts.

It will be followed by a reception. Each Community Champion Award honoree will receive a limited edition medal, as well as a gift bag filled with items from area businesses.

In addition, many students will be honored with $500 scholarships from our business partners.

The program also awards a Dublin City School District staff member with a $500 donation to be made to a school project of his or her choice.

Since its inception 13 years ago, the Community Champion Awards program has recognized nearly 2,700 students and staff of Dublin City Schools and distributed more than $55,000 in awards and college scholarships.

If a business would like to support the Champion Awards, please call the Chamber at 614-889-2001, or mail your donation to: Dublin Chamber Civic Foundation, 129 S. High St., Dublin, OH 43017.

The chamber has done a great job connecting the business community with our schools.

As a district, we take great pride in our relationships with local businesses.

I would also like to take this opportunity to reach out to our business partners regarding Summer Works, which is a summer job fair for students.

This program is also unique to Dublin City Schools and another example of our partnership with the chamber.

On Saturday April 7, the District will again host the summer job fair for all students of working age (14 years old or older).

We invite local businesses that hire students for the summer to be part of this large community event at no cost.

Several hundred students and parents attend the event each year and employers have had great success hiring quality individuals for summer work.

Businesses wishing to participate should contact Carol Jacobsen at 614-760-4379.

Participating companies at past events have included: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay, Safari Golf Course, Giant Eagle, Wendy's, SportsOhio, Tim Hortons, Scioto Reserve Country Club, WalMart, LaRosa's Pizzeria, Muirfins Swim Club, Dewey's Pizza, Friendship Village of Dublin, GFS Marketplace, Menchies, McAlisters Deli, Bob Evans, Bruegger's Bagels, Panera Bread, Sunny Street Cafe, McDonalds, Firehouse Subs and more.

Dublin City School District Superintendent Todd Hoadley, Ph. D., submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column.