Area students to be honored for volunteering
From a press release:
The Prudential Spirit of Community Recognition celebration is being held on April 6 to honor local high school students who give up their free time to volunteer.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Recognition celebration is the nation's largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteerism. The event is being held at The Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane on April 6 from 5-8 p.m.
Here's a list of local students who will be honored at the ceremony, and a summary of the volunteer work they did:
Hillary Brindell, Cypress Ranch High School, raised money as a member of her Key Club benefitting a child diagnosed with neuroblastoma. In addition to participating in events and fundraisers, newsletter editor Hillary included updates concerning the child in her Key Club publication.
Natalie Burke, Cypress Creek High School, served with the Champions Area Teen Service Society. Together with her group, she helped with activities within schools, churches and neighborhoods. Natalie worked with Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics and Project Linus. Her tasks range from fundraising to building homes.
Megan Ems, Cypress Creek High School, created new healthy food alternatives for her high school cafeteria menu. Working with district food counselors, she recruited a group of peers to create additional entre choices and preparation methods for vegetarians. Megan's healthy items reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and reduce the chance of prostate or colon cancer.
Parker George, Cypress Creek High School, organized Sock it to Me, a sock drive through Mobile Loaves and Fishes in Austin. He helped raise over $500 cash and collected over 750 pairs of new socks for the homeless. Parker also led a food drive in his community and collected over 2,602 pounds of food for Northwest Assistance Ministries in Houston.
Corinthian Hatchet, Cypress Ridge High School, tutors young students with homework. With his church youth group she also provided meals for the hungry and visited elderly residents in nursing homes. Corinthian's church collects clothes and distributes them to less fortunate families in her community.
Forrest Lindsey, Cypress Creek High School, was involved with the Champions Area Teen Service Society. Together with 20 C.A.T.S.S. members, he prepared and served 110 lunches to the workers of Habitat for Humanity. He also served as co-leader for Project Linus and Soldier's Angel. His group provided 97 blankets for newborn babies and soldiers serving in Iraq.
Omri Melton, Cypress Ridge High School, volunteered through the Key Stone Club. She also worked with the Salvation Army, and Boys and Girls Clubs. Omri has taught children about unity, tolerance and the value of education.
Brandi Piercy, Langham Creek High School, was a member of the National Charity League, a mother/daughter volunteer organization. Together with her group, she has volunteered with the Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Susan G. Komen, Bear Creek Assistance Ministries, Boys/Girls Country, the Heartland Nursing Home and the Bear Creek Library.
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