Prudential Spirit of Community Honorees in Northport District
Three outstandingly community-minded students from Northport High School were recently recognized by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program for their service of the surrounding community. This youth-recognition program chooses recipients solely on volunteer and community service and is the largest in the country. Sophomore sisters Emily and Kaitlyn Berger and senior Charlotte Bender were recognized by the program as local honorees and were congratulated by their principal Daniel Danbusky on June 13, 2019.
For many years, Emily and Kaitlyn have served the community with their family by preparing food and gift bags for families in need by and donating them to local food pantries, the Northport VA, and section eight housing. Both of them serve almost every weekend and enjoy filling bags and writing encouraging notes to people in need.
“It truly feels so much better to give than to receive,” said Emily.
Graduating senior Charlotte Bender was recognized for her commitment to volunteering in the Commack ambulance core, in which she assists local EMTs and paramedics. Charlotte volunteers at least once a week for a shift up to seven hours and has earned her NYS first Responder card. Additionally, Charlotte has helped run an annual toy drive at the high school.
Both Kaitlyn Berger and Charlotte Bender were also recognized for having gone above and beyond their community service requirement, making them recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Photo: NHS sophomores Emily Berger (left), Kaitlyn Berger (right), and senior Charlotte Bender (center) were recognized by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program for their service of the surrounding community as local honorees, and are pictured with principal Daniel Danbusky and guidance counselor Kristin Orig.
Photo courtesy of Northport-East Northport School District