Holy Cross Fifth Grader Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

Dover, DE – Reagan G., 11, of Dover, a student at Holy Cross 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. Holy Cross School nominated Reagan for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service.

Reagan’s volunteer work includes raising just under $7,000 over the past seven years for Alex’s Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer, co-founding the Holy Cross Knitting club which has donated hundreds of hats to hospitals and other organizations around the state of Delaware, and co-founding Buckets of Love Foundation, a Delaware 501(3)(c) that provides age appropriate buckets filled with games, crafts, books and other items to children from age 2 to 12 years old receiving medical care.

“I want to say that this is a really great honor. Thank you to all of the students, teachers, parents, parishioners and especially Mrs. Pollitt at Holy Cross for all of the support they have given me from the very beginning,” expressed Reagan.

“Reagan truly exemplifies the heart and spirit of giving. At her young age, Reagan has learned life-long lessons in engineering community projects for the benefit of those in need,” remarked Mrs. Linda Pollitt, Holy Cross School Principal.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), 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 Affiliates of Points of Light's HandsOn Network.  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, 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.