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William Allen High School

Allen student received President's Volunteer Service AwardSamuel Miller, William Allen senior

Allen senior, Samuel Miller, has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service to the community 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 granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
 
Miller has been honored for starting Book Share – a program that collects used children’s books and distributes them to students in the Allentown School District. “I was able to collect nearly 1,000 used children's books. I gave the school age books to Lehigh Parkway Elementary,” he describes. “And, I gave the younger books to the Head-start program in Allentown. I was the main facilitator of the program, and I worked with my younger brother to collect, sort, and distribute the books.” Miller enjoys reading and always asks for books as gifts. He explained, “One day I was thinking about the other children in Allentown. Children whose parents can't afford books. What about the families who don't have any books in their house, and the families who can't read to their children? I thought maybe I could have an impact on the literacy of the inner-city children of Allentown by collecting books older children have grown out of and distributing them to families less fortunate. The children loved the books and I think I was very successful.”
 
“Sam saw a need in the community and he went above and beyond to fill that need,” states Luke Shafnisky, Principal of William Allen High School. “He wanted to share his joy and passion for reading with children in our District, and set out to do just that. Sam engaged his family, friends, peers, and a local church to collect gently used books that could be enjoyed by the young children and, hopefully, instill in them a love of reading. He is an incredible young man and we are thrilled that he is being honored for his service to our community.”
 
"The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities," said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. "By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community."
 
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.