Edsel Ford High School senior Fatima Abdulraham has combined art and volunteering to try to make the world a little better.

Abdulraham was recognized in June with a Governor’s Service Award from the Michigan Community Service Commission.  She was the winner in a poster contest to encourage volunteering and was honored along with 40 winners in different categories during a June 5 ceremony in East Lansing.  The winners included individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations selected for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy.

Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo served as the keynote speaker at the ceremony, which was also attended by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“This year’s winners have inspiring stories. They have made a tremendous impact on the lives of others through their service,” Gov. Snyder said. “I am extremely grateful for the contributions they have made for Michigan and am honored to recognize their incredible accomplishments.”

The Michigan Youth for Service poster contest is a statewide competition for students in kindergarten through high school to create a poster to encourage volunteerism.

Abdulraham started school in Dubai, where she began taking art classes in first grade.  At Edsel, she is an honor roll student who enjoys exploring different opportunities in her free time.

Her poster reflected her engaged attitude and spirit of service.

Abdulraham said she feels that “the world smiles when people are helping each other.”