Grant Receives Awards for Community Service
Release Date: 3/23/2010 11:06:26 AM
Josephine “Josie” Grant, a ninth grade student at Francis Scott Key High School, has been named a Distinguished Finalist in the 2010 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Maryland. This nationwide program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.
Grant created a foundation called “Josie’s Smiles for Pediatrics” and has coordinated the donation of more than $15,000 worth of items for the Family Birth Center, pediatric unit, and emergency room at Carroll Hospital Center. She worked with businesses and individuals to collect stuffed animals, toys, candy, books, games, rattles, and gift certificates for children at the hospital. She also gathered newborn garments and receiving blankets after hospital funding for these items ended. She has earned approximately 800 hours of service-learning.
Grant will be presented with the bronze medallion award from Prudential during the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. at the Board offices. She also met the requirements for the President’s Volunteer Service Award and received a certificate and letter from President Obama.
In addition to the Prudential award, Grant has received the Tarlavsky-Price Youth Leadership Award from the Greer Foundation. This award recognizes young leaders and organizations who serve children and exhibit loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.
Grant also received Honorable Mention in the Maryland Commission for Women’s 2010 Women of Tomorrow Awards program in the 9th-10th grade division. This program recognizes outstanding young women in grades 7-12 who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and academic excellence. The program is sponsored by the Maryland Department of Human Resources, Maryland Commission for Women (MCW), the Maryland State Department of Education, and friends of the MCW.