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Visitation senior takes Giant Steps in volunteer service

By: Bonnie Krueger


Mary Kate Reynolds, a senior at Visitation Academy, has been honored with a President’s Volunteer Service Award for her volunteer service. Reynolds received the award in recognition of her work with Giant Steps, a nonprofit organization that offers a therapeutic school and a specialized summer camp for children and teens on the autism spectrum. 

“I am incredibly honored to receive this special recognition for the volunteer service I did for Giant Steps,” Reynolds said. “While working there this summer, I felt as if the children’s presence was more of a service to me, rather than me serving them. I hope everyone can find a place where they feel such a special connection to not only the people, but also the cause.

“Giant Steps provides its children with an amazing foundation for academic and social success,” Reynolds continued, “Volunteering for them this summer was a privilege, and I feel the teachers and helpers who spend their whole year with these kids all deserve awards. I was thrilled to offer my time to help further the work of this important organization, and I can’t wait to see what they do in the future.”

The President’s Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve communities in the country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.

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