FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Stephen Cavallo a student at Fairfield’s Notre Dame High School, has earned the President’s Volunteer Service Award for the wide range of community work her has done over his high school career.
“Steve has consistently demonstrated the values and commitment to serve others that is a foundation of a Notre Dame education,” Notre Dame Principal Christopher Cipriano said in a statement. “He is certainly a very worthy recipient of this award, and our entire school community shares its congratulations.”
The President’s Volunteer Service Award is handed out each year by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. The honor goes to students who have committed a “significant portion of their time” to community service.
To qualify for the honor high-school-age students must complete at least 100 hours of community service.
Cavallo’s qualifications came from his work with Notre Dame’s community service projects, as well as his independent work as a math tutor at St. Andrew’s School in Bridgeport, volunteering at the Jewish Home for the Elderly, and serving as a junior counselor at the St. Patrick’s Church Bible Camp. He is also Notre Dame’s representative in the Spirit of Community program, a joint venture from Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals to promote volunteer work.
“Demonstrating civic responsibility through community volunteerism is an important part of life,” NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti said in a statement. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”
For winning the honor, Cavallo will receive a commemorative pin and a congratulatory letter from Obama. Cavallo is one of 2.5 million Americans of all age groups to earn the award since its founding in 2003.