Spirit of Community Award Applications Now Available

September 20, 2006

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Community service has its rewards and one of those rewards is being recognized with a Prudential Spirit of Community Award, which honors outstanding community service by young people in grades five through 12.  

For 11 years, about 650 middle and high schools students from across West Virginia have been recognized with the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment and serving their communities through various volunteer activities.  

Winners receive $1,000, an engraved medallion and an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. The award is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Two winners are chosen from each state and Washington, D.C.  

The award represents the United States largest youth recognition program based solely on community service and has honored more than 55,000 young volunteers at local, state and national levels over the past decade.  

Students may obtain applications for the 2007 award at their middle and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H offices, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and member Volunteer Centers of the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network. They also may be found at www.prudential.com/spirit or at www.principals.org/prudential.  

Students must submit completed applications by Oct. 31, 2006. Students will be selected in February 2007.

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