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The Renewal Coalition assists wounded service members and their families in their transition from military to civilian life or back to active duty by offering a retreat experience at Florida residences with the intent of providing military families a relaxed, pleasant, and welcoming environment. Volunteers are extremely important in this endeavor in helping men, women and children (including children his age – some of whom have lost their parents during combat) in this effort which is why Jack Krasulak, a 7th grade student at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy, has been awarded the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for his volunteer service with the Renewal Coalition.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program applauds young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Over the past 20 years, more than 115,000 young people have been officially recognized for their volunteer efforts. Jack will be presented with his award by Prudential representatives at the school assembly in January 2016. This young man’s inspiration to volunteer comes from his desire to give back to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country; also, Jack’s great-grandfather was killed in World War II and thus, he has a sincere desire to support veterans.

One wonderful and amazing activity in Jack Krasulak’s volunteer efforts (which is one of his favorite experiences) is in teaching veterans to fish, which he does one weekend every month. Recently, he enlisted the help of local fishing charters to donate their services to soldiers. Today, there is a waiting list of boat captains waiting to take service men and women offshore fishing. It is because of Jack’s work as a youth volunteer (making a difference) that he is receiving the Prudential Spirit of Community Award which is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.

“Jack Krasulak is a model student in every aspect,” said Head of Schools Trina Angelone. “He is academically an outstanding performer. His work representing us at the state and regional levels for the science fair, D.A.R. competitions and history fairs are a shining example for academic excellence in St. Lucie County.”

Source: Kim Waser Nash

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