Local award winners continue to be recognized for their volunteer efforts

(Gillette, Wyo.) Last month we told you about two Northeast Wyoming students that were awarded a Spirit of Community Award for their work volunteering in the community. Selah Jordan, an eighth grade student at Sage Valley Junior High, was recently recognized by the Campbell County School Board for the award from Prudential Insurance. She was also given an official resolution from the Wyoming State Senate and House of Representatives which was signed by all 90 legislators, that stated in part they were honored by her service, and wished her continued success in her career. "The strength of our communities, and the overall vitality of American society depend, in great measure, upon the dedication of young people like Selah Jordan who use their considerable talents and resources to serve others,” said State Senator Jeff Wasserburger. Also nominated by the Crook County 4-H was 15 year old Grace Anderson, a student at Wyoming Virtual Academy. The Devils Tower resident helped pack shoeboxes full of supplies to be shipped to children around the world. It's a program called Operation Christmas Child, run by Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. "I wanted to fill 100 shoeboxes and got pushback from people who said there was no way to collect that many," said Anderson, a member of the Rimrock Riders 4-H Club. "We ended up with 256, which was super cool." That was in 2014, and by the end of 2015, she pushed even further and ended up with over 500 boxes for the project. [image: grace2.jpg] *Devils Tower 4-H’er Grace Anderson with only a few of the hundreds of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes her efforts helped fill.* "I think a lot of kids saw how much potential there is when you trust your dreams and go for it," she said. Grace and Selah, along with their parents, will travel to Washington, D.C. in early May to meet the other 101 honorees, and participate in four days of recognition events around our nation's capital. A national winner will be picked from the statewide award recipients. Congratulations to both girls for their continued dedication to helping others. *Photo h/t Steve Miller; Mary Kelley // Pitchengine Communities* #county17 #news