Local Teen Honored for Volunteer Work

By: News Email
By: News Email

An eighth grader at Blennerhassett Junior High was honored Tuesday night at the Wood County Board of Education meeting for her contribution to those in the community with disabilities.

Olivia Smith of Belleville received the silver medallion as she was selected by the Prudentital Spirit of Community Awards as one of the state's top two youth volunteers of 2014.

Smith is a dedicated advocate for kids and adults with disabilities and helps them participate in activities while serving as a mentor and encouraging others to use respectful language when referring to people with disabilities.

"I volunteer with my mom with the Arc," she says. "We do the shop and wrap at Christmas for people with disabilities and the summer day program. I volunteer there. People with disabilities come and we do activities with them and it's really fun."

Olivia will also receive $1,000 and a trip to Washington D.C. next month for several days along with the winners from the rest of the fifty states.


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