East student wins volunteer award
SALISBURY — Caroline Fry, 17, of Rockwell, 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 presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Fry participated in the Spirit of Community program this year as a representative of East Rowan High School, where she is a student.
Fry earned her award based on her service during three mission trips to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation in New Mexico and Baltimore. Since her freshman year of high school, she has volunteered on these missions by helping to lead vacation Bible schools, sports camps, worship services, a construction project and a medical clinic.
Fry has been involved in the planning, fundraising, and service work of these missions, and she plans to continue her volunteering on future trips. “These trips have shown me that I am blessed with the life that I have and it is very important to go out and help others in the community” says Fry. Kelly Sparger, principal of East Rowan High School, shares that “Caroline is both an excellent student and an outstanding young lady. She is involved in many service activities here at East Rowan as well as in the community and truly has a heart of gold.”
Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Award program recognizes young people across America for outstanding community service activities. More than 370,000 young people across America have been considered for these awards since the program began in 1995.
Program applications were distributed last September through all public and private middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.
NASSP based in Reston, Va., is an organization of and national voice for middle level and high principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world.