Valwood student earns volunteer award

Valwood student earns volunteer award

Mar 4, 2019

HAHIRA – Smith Shaw, sophomore at Valwood School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. 

The award 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, school officials said. 

Valwood School nominated Shaw for national honors last fall in recognition of her volunteer service.

Shaw started the Valwood Chapter of Girl Talk in 2017. Girl Talk is a nonprofit organization that helps mentor young middle school girls. 

When asked about winning the award, Shaw said, “I am so excited to have received this award. I was in complete shock when I received it.”

“Smith is beyond deserving of this award," said John Davis, head of school. "Not too often do we see high school students give up their free time to mentor middle school students. She is a wonderful example for our younger students to look up to.”

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, 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 Charles Lowery, Prudential chief executive officer. “Prudential is honored to celebrate the contributions of these students, and we hope their stories inspire other to volunteer, too.”