Haritopoulos Earns President's Volunteer Service Award

Haritopoulos Earns President's Volunteer Service Award
Posted on 02/26/2018
Andreanna Haritopoulos

(Minooka) - Minooka Community High School junior Andreanna Haritopoulos, daughter of Paul and Kim Haritopoulos of Channahon, 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.

For approximately two years, Andreanna has volunteered on Sundays from March through December at Sunrise Center Therapeutic Riding Program in Channahon where she assists individuals with special needs and physical limitations.

“I used to ride horses at the Ellis House & Equestrian Center in Minooka and knew that Kris (Mondrella) worked with individuals with special needs,” Andreanna said. “I wanted to give back to my community, so I reached out to her and was able to get involved at Sunrise Center Therapeutic Riding Program.”

In addition to working with individuals, Andreanna also assists with other aspects of the program, including leading barn tours.

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 thoughmiddle level and high schools, Girl Scout Councils, county 4H 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.

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