Local kids receive Volunteer Service Award

June 4, 2009 5:16:47 PM PDT
Nearly 200 local elementary school students Thursday received recognition for taking up former President George W. Bush's challenge to volunteer. The 193 students from Fort Bend ISD's Walker Station Elementary received the president's Volunteer Service Award. The fifth graders earned the bronze level of the Volunteer Service Award by each donating 50 hours to read to kindergarten and first grade classes and help out on local animal projects.

"This came from the kids and that's why it was so successful. It wasn't a group of parents behind going, 'You gotta do this, you gotta do this.' It came from the kids themselves," said Asha Vaidya of Walker Station Elementary School.

At his 2002 State of the Union address, President Bush challenged all Americans to make time to help neighbors, communities, and the nation through volunteer service.

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