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Jackson Stone of Wilson, a student at Greenfield School, has been honored for his volunteer service with the 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. Greenfield School nominated Jackson for national honors this fall in recognition of his volunteer service.
Jackson spent last summer volunteering at Diversified Opportunities in Wilson. He helped create an exercise room on site for the disabled clients and staff. The aim was to keep the clients healthier and stronger and improve balance, as many of the clients are elderly.
Jackson also trained the clients on how to safely use the various equipment, led daily exercise classes and documented an exercise video that can be played on the television in the exercise room to show the clients the proper use of equipment and walk them through various workouts. This allows the staff to continue to provide the clients with an exercise class that is completely instructed by the video.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, recognizes middle and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.
“Across the United States, young volunteers are doing remarkable things to contribute to the well-being of the people and communities around them,” said Prudential CEO Charles Lowrey. “Prudential is honored to celebrate the contributions of these students, and we hope their stories inspire others to volunteer, too.”
“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.”