Six-hundred and eighty-four. That's the number of hours that Zaria Jefferson, a sophomore at Malverne High School, devoted to volunteering last school year.
Her service to both her school and the local community recently garnered the attention of President Barack Obama, who sent her an award acknowleding her accomplishment and a letter, written on White House stationary, praising her volunteerism.
Jefferson was presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, which is sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, delivered the award to her on behalf of President Obama.
She spent most of her volunteer these hours acting as a liaison for the Boys and Girls Club and escorting middle school students in their walk to and from their school or library.