Aly Rahmatullah, a Wayzata High School sophomore, was recently named Wayzata High School's "Volunteer of the Month".
On any given day, history class can cover a variety of topics. On Wednesday morning at Wayzata High School, the subject was on inequality.
It's a fitting subject for sophomore Aly Rahmatullah, because when he's not in class, you can find him volunteering at Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP) in Plymouth doing what he can to help people in need.
"It just gives me some happiness to see clients walk out with their groceries to see that they're good for the next week or so," Rahmatullah said. "And then just helping out with them, making them happy and giving them what they need."
About a year ago, Rahmatullah picked up a phone and cold-called IOCP to ask if they needed volunteer help. Now, he comes in three days a week for about three hours at a time to stock shelves and bag groceries for clients.
"It's nice just helping out back in the community," he said. "It's really nice. I do it with some friends. It gets really fun."
Rahmatullah's selflessness even earned him the honor of being Wayzata High School's November "Volunteer of the Month."
"He's just a huge help, and he's very humble about his service and he's well-respected by his peers," said Brenda Badger, Wayzata's Youth Extending Services coordinator. "They know too that he is very giving and kind and caring for others, so he makes this fantastic volunteer."
He's also fantastic in the classroom. This 15-year-old from Plymouth is an "A" student and has an interest in math and world history. With two years left to go before he graduates, he's only scratching the surface of what he can accomplish.
"He takes me as a young man going to do well in his future, and just really has some great values," Badger said.