Monday, March 02, 2009

Bennett's Mill Student Receives Volunteer Service Award

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program has recognized Bennett’s Mill Middle student Katherine Burke with its President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award recognizes young people who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. Katherine earned her award by working with special needs students.

She created homemade t-shirts for Bennett’s Mill students on the Special Olympics team, and put together scrapbooks of the students as a Christmas gift for their families. At the end of the school year, she created calendars highlighting the special needs students and their accomplishments throughout the year.

“I would encourage other young people to give everyone a chance; they must get over their fears of the special education students and become involved. Other young people need to know that conditions are not contagious, but they can catch a great deal more if they truly connect with one of the kids. Once you are able to connect, you will have the best feeling in the world,” Katherine says.

Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program recognizes young people across America for outstanding community service activities. More than 250,000 young people nationwide have been considered for these awards since the program began in 1995.

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