Levi, a seventh-grader at Lehi Junior High School, spent many hours cleaning up litter in and around a nearby lake, and removing errant golf balls from waterways surrounding a local golf course. “I love being around waterways,” explained Levi. “I see lots of cool animals and wildlife.” While riding on his paddleboard at a lake one day, “I realized how much garbage there was all over the place,” he said. “There was years of garbage and some of it was submerged.” He quickly committed himself to picking up 100 pieces of trash every time he visited the lake. He started by picking up discarded fishing tackle so barefooted visitors wouldn’t get hurt. Then he pulled an old bicycle out of the water.
Levi tried to spend a couple of hours twice a week picking up trash at the lake, sometimes recruiting his father, sister and cousins to help. He has since been proud to see some large fish in areas that he cleaned up. “If it stays clean, I hope others will want to keep it that way,” he said. “If others litter, I will pick up after them.” Levi also invited friends to help him fish golf balls out of water holes at a local golf course. Working 1-3 hours on 15 different occasions, they removed more than 500 balls. “The big thing I learned last summer is that playing a game on a TV or computer screen isn’t as fun as doing a service project outside with your friends and family,” said Levi.
State Honorees in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Class of 2021 – the top middle level and high school volunteer from all 50 states and the District of Columbia – were selected for service initiatives completed, at least in part, between the fall of 2019 and the fall of 2020. Selection was based on criteria including impact, effort, initiative and the personal growth demonstrated over the course of the project. Several Distinguished Finalists and runners-up were also selected in each state, and all qualifying applicants received President’s Volunteer Service Awards.
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