Forney Earns President’s Volunteer Service Award

news-rachel-forneyRachel Forney, a sixth grader at Jordan Creek Elementary, 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 President Barak Obama.

Rachel Forney, her mom and two siblings composed songs for a Christmas CD called “Not Too Little.”  The CD honors the life of four-year-old Jacob Graen, who wasn’t too little to share his love with others during his short time on Earth.  Proceeds from the sale of the CD helped to benefit children at YESS, Blank Children’s Hospital and families in the Sandy Hook School community. For every CD  purchased, Rachel and her family donated one to a children’s charity at Blank,  YESS and to the families of the Sandy Hook School Community.

Applications were distributed last September through all public and private middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network. After local honorees were named, state-level judges selected stat honorees, distinguished finalists and certificate of excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.