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Two Colorado Youth Honored for Volunteerism at National Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Two Colorado Youth Honored for Volunteerism at National Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

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To her surprise, approximately 250 students signed up to become members. She also has helped raise m
To her surprise, approximately 250 students signed up to become members. She also has helped raise m

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Two Colorado Youth Honored for Volunteerism at National Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
To her surprise, approximately 250 students signed up to become members. She also has helpedraise money to build an indoor arena at the center.In addition, Kara signed up two years ago to participate in her school's Children Against MinesProgram (CHAMPS), which is working to raise $20,000 to purchase and train a dog that can sniff outlandmines in places where these deadly devices constantly kill or maim people. "We salute theireffort, their achievements, and their spirit of community."More than 21,000 young people submitted applications for the 2010 awards program last fallthrough schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of the Points of Light Institute's HandsOn Network. "Every day, a landminekills a person or animal," said Kara. Rice. Since then, the program has honored nearly 100,000 young volunteers at the local, state and national level."The young women and men in America's schools are nothing short of amazing, and nowhere is thismore evident than amongst this year's award recipients," said NASSP President Steven Pophal.Prudential's businesses offer a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities,retirement-related services, mutual funds, investment management, and real estate services. "Beingable to empower other students to give back to organizations they're passionate about is the mostimportant mission I've ever attempted," said Lauren.Kara, an eighth-grader at West Middle School, assists special-needs children at a therapeutic horseriding center, and also leads a school campaign to send a specially trained detection dog to acountry plagued by landmines. NASSP and Prudential are honored to recognize them."The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are supported by the American Association of School Administrators, the National Middle School Association, the National School Boards Association, theCouncil of the Great City Schools, Girl Scouts of the USA, National 4-H Council, the American RedCross, YMCA of the USA, the Points of Light Institute, and other national education and serviceorganizations.More information about The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and this year's honorees can befound at http://spirit.prudential.com or www.principals.org/spirit.
In existence since 1916, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is thepreeminent organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistantprincipals, and aspiring school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countriesaround the world. The two young people - along with 100 other top youth volunteers from across thecountry - received $1,000 awards as well as personal congratulations from former Secretary of StateCondoleezza Rice and Olympic snowboarding champion Seth Wescott at the 15th annual awardceremony and gala dinner reception, held at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.Lauren and Kara were named the top high school and middle level youth volunteers in Colorado lastFebruary. Then she contacted more than 75 local and national organizations to find volunteeropportunities for her new club. For more information, visit www.news.prudential.com.[Editors: full-color pictures of the Spirit of Community Awards program logo and medallions areavailable at spirit.prudential.com.]Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available:http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=6272706&lang=en. In order to volunteer at the Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center, Kara had to learn aboutdisabilities, horses, riding equipment, and therapeutic activities. "However, I knew I could do more."With the encouragement of a school adviser, Lauren imagined the cumulative impact of 100 studentsperforming 100 hours each of community service a year, and soon her "100 Squared" club began totake shape. They are offered a choice of 10 group volunteer projects in the community each month,as well as individual service opportunities and the chance to participate in charitable events atschool. Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU) is a financialservices leader with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. She getshorses ready for the children to ride, leads the horses while therapists work with the kids, and oftenwalks alongside the riders to ensure that they don't lose their balance. "They possess a keenintellect, servant hearts, capable leadership skills, and are filled with energy and ambition. TheNational Honor Society®, National Junior Honor Society®, National Elementary HonorSociety(TM), and National Association of Student Councils® are all NASSP programs. With thatknowledge, she now spends several hours a week helping kids with special needs gain confidence,improve balance, and acquire cognitive abilities and horseback riding skills. For more informationabout NASSP, located in Reston, Va., visit www.principals.org or call 703-860-0200.Prudential Financial, Inc. "I love their smiles and watching their amazing progress," she said. In

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