Two students at Albany Options School have been honored for their community service work through a program sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Debra Leonor received the local honor for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards as Albany Options School Volunteer of the Year. Caitlynd Bishop received a Certificate of Merit for her volunteer community service.
The awards recognize outstanding community service by young Americans.
“We really encourage service to the community here at Albany Options School and these two girls have embodied that through service to the school and the community,” said Anna Sokolov, AOS business to school liaison.
Leonor was considered for the Oregon Youth Volunteer of the Year awards and earned the President’s Volunteer Award after performing more than 200 hours of community service through gleaners and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Sokolov said.
Bishop is a cadet teacher who has put in about 75 hours of cadet teaching in the alternative school’s middle school program. She also has been very involved in several school service learning projects and always takes on a leadership role, Sokolov said.
Principal Mike Ingman praised both Leonor and Bishop for their commitment to community service.
“Learning goes beyond the bricks and mortar of the school building,” he said in a statement, “and both embody what every principal wants in a student. They are kind, generous, hard working, and dedicated community members.”