The award which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and country, was presented by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. Ashley participated in the Spirit of Community Program this year as a representative of North Clay Middle School where she is a student.
Ashley earned her award by assisting with a program in her church that helps to make sure families that are less fortunate have food to eat and other necessities needed for everyday life. Ashley states just knowing that families are being fed is awesome.
Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary Principals, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program recognizes people across America for outstanding community service activities. Nearly 250,000 young people across America have bee considered for these awards since the program began in 1995.
"The recipients of these awards vividly demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities," said Arthur F. Ryan, chairman of Prudential Financial. "They truly deserve all the praise and encouragement we can give them."
Program Applications were made available last September to any student attending North Clay Middle School. Students who were interested and felt that they met the volunteer criteria submitted completed applications by the end of October. Completed applications were judged on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, impact and personal growth to select the local honoree that would represent the school on the state level.