Hannah, a fifth-grader from Eagle Nest, has been awarded The Prudential Spirit of Community Silver Award for volunteer work done while earning her Bronze Award. Hannah took on a project to warn residents of her town about dangerous weather conditions - and also collected supplies for a firefighting crew battling a nearby wildfire. Hannah's "Weather Awareness" project began when she realized last year that many people in her area were unaware that dry conditions had necessitated a fire ban. She printed fliers about the ban and posted them at the post office and local businesses. She subsequently posted fliers about the possibility of flash floods, strong winds, lightning strikes, and included information on how residents can keep track of hazardous weather and local road conditions. After speaking with her town's fire chief, Hannah also purchased a red flag for his department to warn the public about wildfires.
When a fire did break out in a neighboring town, Hannah started collecting supplies for the firefighters being housed at her school. She set up a table in front of a local store and passed out a list of needed items to shoppers passing by. After they had bought and donated bottled water, toiletries, T-shirts and other supplies, Hannah filled her mother's car and delivered them to her school. "Collecting supplies for the firefighters and seeing the smiles on their faces was one of my favorite moments," she said. As well as being named, Hannah will receive a trip to the nation's capital where she will be awarded a cash prize and a silver medallion.
About the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States' largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. All public and private middle level and high schools in the country, as well as all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of Points of Light's HandsOn Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award. These Local Honorees were then reviewed by an independent judging panel, which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists based on criteria including personal initiative, effort, impact, and personal growth.
Since the program began in 1995, more than 125,000 young volunteers have been honored at the local, state and national level.