High 5 4 Kids: Jacob Painter

EDGEFIELD COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - It's that time of week again to High 5 a kid in the CSRA who is going above and beyond. One high school student's goal is to make his community a better place.

Meet 15-year-old Jacob Painter.

"It makes me feel good that God is giving me the ability to help others," Painter said.

We all know high school can be very busy, but between school, football, track and church, Jacob still finds the time to help out in his community. Most Saturdays during the year and during the summer, Jacob volunteers and helps those in need.

"We build wheelchair ramps. That's what we do most Saturdays. We go out and do any kind of work on people's houses or in their yards, or anything they might need done," Painter said.

Matt Herring, the minister of music and youth at First Baptist Church in Edgefield, says Jacob is well-deserving of this week's High 5. He said not only did Jacob organize and create a bible study for high school students, he teaches it, too.

"He's a really well-rounded kid and really a great asset to our church as a whole and to our community," Herring said.

An asset whose selflessness affects the lives of everyone around him.

"Just because the example he sets, it's not about yourself, putting others first is something that I can tell is a big part of his life and I think other kids could learn a lot from that," Herring said.

Jacob doesn't see his volunteer activities as a task, but as a rewarding obligation - and he hopes that he can influence his peers to give back to the community.

"I kind of want to continue doing these things in my church and one day be able lead them and help other men and women my age to go out and help others," Painter said.

If you haven't already, make sure you nominate an outstanding kid in the community. They could be a straight A student, stellar athlete, or anything else you think makes them worthy! Click here to nominate someone.

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