Thursday April 25, 2013
Michaela Forgione, a Mater Christi School seventh grader, was named Vermont’s top middle level volunteer of 2013 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. She was presented with an engraved silver medallion by Ms. Bonnie Johnson-Aten, Prudential representative and principal of Edmunds Middle School.
Michaela is an avid volunteer whose regular activities include helping to feed the hungry and visiting residents of a local nursing home. Last year for Michaela’s birthday, she asked friends to bring grocery-store gift cards instead of gifts for her and ended up with $600 to feed the hungry.
A competitive Irish dancer, Michaela organized a “jigathon” that raised more than $300 for an acquaintance who had been paralyzed in a swimming accident. She is constantly involved in activities where she can be helpful to others.
Michaela, in her thank-you speech had this advice , “ To my fellow students, I challenge you to follow the Christian example Mater Christi School has provided for us, and reach-out! Mother Theresa of Calcutta said, `Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest to you.”
In addition to the silver medallion, Michaela received $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where she will join the honorees from each state for four days of national recognition events.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 18th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
SOURCE: Mater Christi School