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Geneva 10-year-old boy recognized for volunteerism

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 6:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 11:44 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Tommy Antonson, 10, of Geneva has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was presented by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Obama.

Tommy participated in the Spirit of Community program this year as a representative of Harrison Street School in Geneva, where he is a student. He earned his award by consistently putting the needs of others, especially those with special needs, above his own. He sold lollipops to raise funds to provide adaptive tricycles for his sister and another special needs child.

Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program recognizes young people across America for outstanding community service activities. More than 370,000 young people have been considered for these awards since the program began in 1995.

By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer service activities, the company hopes to motivate others to see how they can contribute to their community, John R. Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, said in a prepared statement.

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