WALES – Shannon Safford, 17, of Sabattus 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 presented by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

Safford participated in the Spirit of Community Program this year as a representative of Oak Hill High School in Wales, where she is a student.

She earned her award by working as a junior counselor at Camp Postcard, a DARE camp, and worked with Sabattus Elementary School during No Name Calling Week. She developed an anti-slur policy with the help of fifth-grade students. Safford works with Project DARE to create a safer school environment.

Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the awards program recognizes young people across America for outstanding community service activities. More than 170,000 young people have been considered for the awards since the program began in 1995.

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