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Valley Middle School Student Receives Presidential Volunteer Service Award

News Release        

For Immediate Release                            

March 8, 2019

Valley Middle School Student Receives Presidential Volunteer Service Award

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Kaylee Kirkeby, an 8th grader at Valley Middle 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.

Valley Middle School nominated Kirkeby for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service. 

Kirkeby volunteers at her school and throughout Grand Forks as part of the Student Leadership group. She has volunteered her time as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, course marshaling at the Wild Hog Marathon 5K race, and counting funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients program. She has also volunteered through Grand Forks Public Schools’ Helping Hands program, volunteering at a local daycare and during a community event.

“Kaylee represents the best of what we strive for with our Valley students. She takes responsibility for her own education while giving of her time and talents to the betterment of others,” said Todd Selk, principal at Valley Middle School. “We are very proud of her accomplishments and this recognition.”

The 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. 

"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."

Along with the recognition, recipients will receive a personalized certificate; an official pin, medallion or coin; and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States.