(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.
*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
*Photo h/t Steve Miller; Mary Kelley // Pitchengine Communities*