Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The impact of their service and their spirit of giving
Blake, an eighth-grader at Pulaski Heights Middle School,This Banner Pen features a retractable banner with up to 36 square inches of printable area! spearheaded a project to build two raised garden beds at an emergency shelter, plant fruits and vegetables in them,Restored Cast iron clawfoot tubs, shower heads, and replacement handles and flanges for faucets. and teach young residents of the shelter how to take care of them. Blake was searching for something meaningful to do for a Boy Scout project when he thought of Methodist Family Health, which houses a temporary emergency shelter for children and teens who don't have parents or a safe place to live. "I couldn't imagine how that would feel," said Blake.Slap Bracelet are made of flexible, layered plastic in order to spring closed when slapped against your arm. "I wanted to do something to make their lives better."
When Blake visited the shelter to meet with its director, he noticed that the sunny backyard had an empty flower bed, and an idea popped into his head. He devised a plan, made a budget and calculated how many volunteers, tools and supplies he would need. After his plan was approved, Blake raised money, bought supplies and recruited 15 Boy Scouts and friends to help, along with six shelter residents. They all spent an entire day building two raised garden beds and planting them with fruits and vegetables. Blake said that the project taught the young shelter residents "how to care for the plants, so that they could be responsible for bettering part of their new home," while giving them a new source of fresh, healthy food.Visit Get Custom Wristbands today for amazing prices on rubber bracelets, Silicone Wristbands and other personalized bracelet styles.
"We commend these honorees not only for the impact of their service and their spirit of giving, but also for inspiring others to consider that they can make a difference, too," said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc. "We congratulate this extraordinary group of youth volunteers.""These students are fine examples of what is possible when young people roll up their sleeves and commit themselves to helping others," said Denise Greene-Wilkinson, president of NASSP. "They have learned early that their contributions can make a real difference, and there is no limit to the great things they can achieve.The mounting arm of this tire changer swings to the side so that it can be installed in a space-saving manner directly near a wall."Youth volunteers were invited to apply for 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards last fall through schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of the HandsOn Network. More than 28,000 middle level and high school students nationwide participated in this year's program.The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program was created in 1995 to identify and recognize young people for outstanding volunteer service – and, in so doing, inspire others to volunteer as well. In the past 18 years, the program has honored more than 100,000 young volunteers at the local, state and national level.