Prudential Spirit of Community Awards accepting applications

Laurel student was named a top youth volunteer of 2017

Through Nov. 7, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Montana’s top youth volunteers of the year. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at http://spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit.
Last year, Laurel’s Hannah Halvorson, was the recipient of one of the awards.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals was created in 1995 to recognize the exemplary volunteer work of middle level and high school students. The awards have been granted annually for the past 22 years on the local, state and national level.
“We’ve learned over the past two decades that young people are doing innovative, important work to improve communities at home and abroad,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “We honor their contributions in the hope that their example will inspire others to consider what they can do to make a difference.”
Montana’s top youth volunteers of 2017 were Hannah Halvorson, 14, of Laurel, who has volunteered at a local nursing home for the past two summers, brightening the days of its 48 residents, many of whom don’t have family members nearby to visit them; and Sophia Skwarchuk, 18, of Kalispell, who created “MontanaEats,” a smartphone application she spent months coding to give low income people easy access to information about all of the food pantries, food banks and emergency assistance resources in Montana. 
To apply for a 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, students and certifiers must complete the following steps:
• Students complete the online application by Nov. 7.
• Then, students submit the application for certification to their principal or head of a local participating organization.
• Certifiers review all applications for their school or organization, then select a Local Honoree to nominate for state-level judging by Nov. 17.
Applications can be certified by a middle or high school principal or head of a Girl Scout council, county 4-H organization, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or an affiliate of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network.  

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