WASHINGTON, D.C. — Glide High School senior Caroline Brown was honored for her volunteer work as a recipient of a Prudential Spirit of Community Award at a ceremony on May 5 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Brown, 18, was one of two teens from Oregon who received the award, which went to 100 youth volunteers from across the country.
She received $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where she was congratulated by Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix.
In Glide, Brown organized a walk-a-thon to raise money to dig two wells in the impoverished African nation of Niger so villagers could receive clean water.
Her goal was to raise enough money to build one well in Niger through World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization, but she ended up raising $5,500, enough to build two wells.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program was created in 1995 to recognize young people for outstanding volunteer service.
Since then, the program has honored more than 100,000 young volunteers.