Shelby County Schools Alabama

February 10, 2011 by USA Post 

Shelby County Schools Alabama, State The Spirit of Community Award from Prudential, a national program honoring young people for exemplary acts of volunteerism named America’s 102 most outstanding youth volunteers -two from each state and the District of Columbia – winners today. Prudential Financial, Inc., now in its 16th year, conducts the awards program, in partnership with the National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP).
Each winner will receive $ 102 State 1000, an engraved silver medallion and an all expenses paid trip to Washington, DC, April 30 to May 3 for several days of national recognition events. Ten of them will be named America’s top volunteers for 2011 at this young age.
In addition to winning state, the program judges recognized 233 students at the national finalists are distinguished by their impressive community service activities. Each will receive an engraved bronze medallion. More than 500 other candidates received certificates of excellence for his volunteer work. (See attached list of state winners and finalists awarded.)
Many state winners and finalists awarded this year – 20 percent – was active volunteers to meet needs in foreign countries, particularly in Africa and Latin America. Winners traveled to volunteer in orphanages, build houses and educate poor children. In their own communities, they gathered food, medical supplies, clothing, books, school supplies, glasses, teddy bears, and studs and send them abroad. And they raised funds for school tuition, assistance to refugees, drugs against AIDS, clean water projects, and other basic needs in communities desperate worldwide.
There was a lot of energy devoted to the needs of the United States as well. Many winners have been rewarded for helping Americans who are sick or disabled, helping the poor, tutoring or mentoring other young people and promoting the health and safety. Others have been cited for the improvement of school and community resources, environmental protection, taking care of animals and to support U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Information on volunteer activities of all winners can be found at
“These winners have proven that young people across America are crucial for the future of our neighborhoods, our nation and our world,” said John R. Strangfeld, president and CEO of Prudential Financial. “Each of these winners deserve our respect and admiration, and we hope that by a light on them, they will continue to serve as an example for others.”
All public schools and private middle and high level in the United States, as well as all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network, were eligible for select a student or a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award last November. More than 5,000 local candidates were then examined by an independent jury, which selected the finalists and winners distinguished statesman based on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.
“The young people recognized by The Prudential Spirit of Community awards demonstrate an enormous capacity for giving and reaching out to those in need,” said Gerald N. Tirozzi, executive director of the National Association of Secondary Principals. “NASSP is proud to honor these student leaders because they are wonderful examples of the high caliber of young people in our country today the schools.”
In Washington, DC, 102 state winners will tour landmarks of the city, attend a gala ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and visit their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. In addition, 10 of them – five middle level and five high school students – will be named national winners on May 2 by a prestigious national selection committee. These winners will receive additional rewards and 5000, gold, crystal trophies, and 5000 and grants from the Prudential Foundation for nonprofit, charitable organizations of their choice.
Serve on the National Selection Committee will Strangfeld Prudential, Jana Frieler, president of NASSP; Michelle Nunn, president and CEO of the Points of Light & HandsOn Network, Marguerite Kondracke, president and CEO of the America’s Promise Alliance, Donald T. Floyd Jr., president and CEO of National 4-H Council; Pamela Farr, president of the National American Red Cross volunteers, Elson Nash, Associate Director for Project Management at the Corporation for National and Community Service Michael Cohen, president and CEO of Achieve, Inc., and two 2010 Prudential Spirit of Community National winners: Shannon McNamara of Basking Ridge, NJ, and Benjamin Sater of Plano, Texas.
In addition to granting its own awards, The Spirit of Community Awards program will distribute Prudential’s President Volunteer Service Awards to more than 2,800 of its local winners this year on behalf of President Barack Obama. President Volunteer Service Award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their community and their country.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represent the United States the largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteering. Since the program began in 1995, more than 95,000 young volunteers were honored at the local, state or national level. Several public figures have contributed to salute these winners over the years, including President Jimmy Carter, Barbara Bush, Magic Johnson, John Glenn, Madeleine Albright, Rudy Giuliani, Whoopi Goldberg, Colin Powell, Peyton Manning, Laura Bush and Condoleezza Rice. The program also is conducted by prudential subsidiaries in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland and India.
In existence since 1916, the National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP) is the main organization and the national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders from across United States and more than 45 countries worldwide. NASSP mission is to promote excellence in school leadership. The National Honor Society (R), National Junior Honor Society (R), National Honor Society Primary (TM), and the National Association of Student Councils (R) are all programs NASSP. For more information on NASSP, located in Reston, Virginia visit or call 703-860-0200.
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