Jessie Kibbe, 16, of Findley Lake, a student at Clymer Central School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President's Volunteer Service Award.
The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Clymer Central School nominated Jessie for national honors in recognition of her volunteer service.
Jessie has helped with Red Cross blood drives, clean homes as part of her youth group, food collection for the Area Christian Action Council holiday food drive, pop tab collection for Ronald McDonald House, and coupon drive for active military service families. As president of the Future Business Leaders of America, Jessie helped place flags on the gravesites in the community of servicemen and women for Memorial Day and helped the Masonic Lodge with the fingerprinting of elementary students. Another project that she helped with was a benefit dinner for a cancer patient to fund a bone marrow transplant.
In her application essay, Jessie states, "Being actively involved in bettering my community is very special to me. I don't just put my efforts in one specific community project but participate in many projects that support various organizations and causes. Getting actively involved in community service was not something I just woke up and decided to do. Ever since I was a little girl I always knew I wanted to make a positive impact on not just my community but the world."
Edward Bailey, K-12 principal at Clymer said, "Jessie had always shown a willingness and desire to help others. She recently agreed to be a Big Buddy to a first grader here at school."
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.
"The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities," said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. "By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community."
"Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life," said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. "These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate."
Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates. These schools and officially designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging. In addition to granting President's Volunteer Service Awards on behalf of President Barack Obama, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees, Distinguished Finalists, and Certificate of Excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.