Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Release Date: 2/23/2009 3:19:56 PM
Two Carroll County students have received recognition as Distinguished Finalists for their community service activities from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. This nationwide awards program, which honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Allison Harmon, a senior at North Carroll High School, has been an active community volunteer since the sixth grade. She has coordinated drives to collect school supplies, clothing, food, and toys for the needy; tutored and mentored young students; volunteered at hospitals; and participated in many other service activities.
Travis Robinson, a junior at Francis Scott Key High School, has raised nearly $10,000 in cash and food donations to support the Carroll County Food Sunday program. He conducted a series of food drives at the school and in the community after learning that donations at the food pantry had been ruined by high summer heat.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represent the nation’s largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. The program is part of a broad youth leadership training initiative by Prudential that includes a youth leadership training program administered by the Points of Light Institute, a free booklet of volunteer ideas for young people offered through the Federal Citizen Information Center, and a website (spirit.prudential.com) featuring profiles of outstanding youth volunteers, volunteer tips and project ideas for students, and an electronic newspaper on youth volunteerism.