Chatham senior Madison Newton has been honored with The President’s Volunteer Service Award. This award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
“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 Strangefeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial.
Along with a certificate of recognition, Madison received a letter from the White House signed by President Donald Trump congratulating her and thanking her for her service.
Chatham High School nominated Madison for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteerism. Madison says she has booked well over 300 hours volunteering for several organizations.
“Helping out with kids, being outside, the environment, I really like being involved with that,” Madison explained.
Each summer for the past four years, she has volunteered at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Pack Forrest camp in the Adirondacks, where she helps children learn about the environment, canoe safety, and how to swim. Once or twice a week after school, you’ll find her helping out at Chatham Kids Club. She has been a regular worker at East Chatham Volunteer Fire Company fundraiser breakfasts, and also volunteers her time to work the concession stand at Chatham’s Crellin Community Park.
Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”
Madison plans to become either an environmental impact analyst or environmental policy analyst and will attend Stony Brook University in the fall.