Connecticut's Litchfield County Times reports that Cadette Girl Scout Lauren Murtagh has earned a Presidential Community Service Award. The sixth-grader joined in the project with her mother, Adult Scout T.J. Cleaveland-Murtagh, completing the 12-month process in late summer and receiving the award two months later.
The Presidential Community Service Award was established in 2003 to honor the volunteers who give so much to communities across the nation and to encourage other volunteer efforts. Participants in the program log their community service hours over a 12-month period and then submit their totals. Children ages 5 to 14 must perform 50 to 74 hours of public service to earn the bronze award, while adults must work 250 to 499 hours for the same level. Families and groups can earn a bronze medal by completing 200 to 499 hours.
Ms. Murtagh became aware of the Presidential Community Service Award through the Girl Scout Council. “It caught my attention,” she said. “As we participated in the service projects, we logged our hours. In one year, Lauren accumulated 57 hours and earned the award. I also accumulated enough to earn an award. This fall we each received a certificate, pin and letter from President Obama.”
Kudos and congrats to the Murtagh family!