In November, Leesville Road High School will be honoring students who have given back to the community. The LRHS PTSA is recognizing “individuals who demonstrate outstanding volunteer service and civic participation over the course of a 12-month period”. As in years past, LRHS will recognize multiple service award winners, including the nationally acclaimed The President’s Volunteer Service Award, that the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded in 2003.
There are different levels to these awards, including Leesville’s Service Award, and President’s Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. The exact requirements of each level are as follows:
Leesville’s Service Award
— 25-49 hours of service for ages 15 and under
— 25-99 hours of service for ages 16 and older
The President’s Bronze Award
— 50-74 hours of service for ages 15 and under
— 100-174 hours of service for ages 16 and older
The President’s Silver Award
— 75-99 hours of service for 15 and under
— 175-249 hours of service for 16 and older
The President’s Gold award
— 100+ hours of service for 15 and under
— 250+ hours of service for 16 and older
Only rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders can apply for these noteworthy awards. Any service hours obtained from August 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019 can qualify. Service hours performed as part of National Honor Society, Key Club, or hours that meet an outside organization’s requirements are also accepted.
One Leesville student who will be applying for the awards is Sophomore Ziah Ascalon. Ascalon participates in many volunteer programs with her church organization, such as hurricane relief and providing food and clothes for the less fortunate. “It would be nice to be recognized for all the voluntary work that I do, and for any volunteer, it would feel really good that people recognize their efforts,” Ascalon said.
The PTSA says that “Community outreach and improvement is the underlying intent of this award”. If you wish to apply, you must submit a Google Doc and paper application with supporting documentation of your service hours before September 20, 2019.