(Adair) Adair-Casey Middle School student Hannah Jorgensen will join more than 100 other top student volunteers in Washington D.C. next month as part of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. The 13-year-old seventh grader was honored Thursday evening at the Adair-Casey Middle School for organizing a campaign to make personal care kits and sewn pillowcases for families in transition at the Micah House, an emergency homeless shelter in Council Bluffs. Hannah says it started at school with a community school project.
“It all started out here at school and we each had to do a community service project and my brother’s had talked about this place in Council Bluffs that they had gone out and done a party with the kids and so I thought it would be really cool to do something for this homeless shelter,” said Hannah.
So Hannah went to Council Bluffs and toured the Micah House to find out what their needs were, so she could decide what to do for them.
“I made pillowcases because then everybody there had something, that when they leave, they have something to take with them,” explained Hannah.
Hannah also donated care packages, and she didn’t stop there; Hannah recently returned to the shelter with about 500-books for the children.
“All the kids I know they enjoyed it, they each got to pick out a book and they have a play room and they have this big book shelf and there was like nothing on it and so when I got done there was a couple shelves full of books,” said Hannah.
Hannah says she received a lot of satisfaction knowing that she was helping children.
“A lot of people, when they think of homeless people, they think of a man. Well actually, the Micah House, 70 percent of their residents are children; so actually the biggest group of homeless people are kids because there will be a single parent with like three kids, so I just thought it was cool that I was helping a lot of kids,” said Hannah.
Thursday night a Prudential Representative presented Hannah Jorgensen with a silver medallion, $1,000, plus an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. , where she will join more than 100 top honorees from across the country for several days of national recognition events. Ten of them will be named America’s top youth volunteers for 2012.
April 20, 2012