Superintendent's Memo #293-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

October 16, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: The 2010 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Over the past 14 years, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 2,300 middle and high school students across Virginia for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, and serving their communities through many other volunteer activities. This week the search begins to identify more young Virginians who have made meaningful contributions to their communities over the past 12 months, as this prestigious awards program kicks off its 15th year.

These awards, presented nationwide by Prudential Financial, Inc., in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honor outstanding community service by young people in grades 5 through 12.

“Young people who take the initiative to serve their communities through volunteerism are a great source of strength for our nation, and give us ample reason to be optimistic about the future,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John R. Strangfeld. “We want to recognize them, encourage them, and hold them up as role models for all young Americans.”

Young volunteers can apply online at http://www.doe.virginia.gov or http://www.doe.virginia.gov Applications must be completed by November 2, 2009. Those without Internet access can get a paper version of the application form by calling (877) 525-8491 toll-free.

For questions about the application process please refer to the website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov or contact International Scholarship and Tuition Services at 200 Crutchfield Avenue, Nashville, TN 37210, phone 877-525-8491 (toll free) or e-mail