Reeds Spring Teen Named National “Spirit of Community” Award Finalist

We’ve written about Sophia Greenwalt in this space before. The Reeds Spring teen was honored with a Red Cross Everyday Heroes award last year, and was also featured in our short film “Hats, Pies, and Fiddles” for starting “Helping Hats”, a monthly fundraiser at Reeds Spring Middle School. The monthly event, in which students donate a dollar in exchange for the privilege of wearing a hat for a day, raises hundreds of dollars every month. And each month the funds are donated to a different local cause, be it an animal shelter, the Ozarks Honor Flight, or Branson-area tornado relief.

And today brings news of Sophia’s biggest honor yet. Now an 8th grader, Sophia was named a State Honoree in Prudential’s Spirit of Community Award. The program is a partnership between Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. A panel picks one high school student and one middle school student from each state (plus Washington, D.C.), 102 students in all, to be finalists for the Spirit of Community award. At the national event in early May, 10 of the students will be named winners of the prize.

Jim Holt, president of the Table Rock Lake Community Foundation, is also an administrator with Reeds Spring Public Schools and president of the Reeds Spring Education Foundation, which distributes the funds raised by “Helping Hats.” According to Holt, Sophia will receive a $1,000 award, a silver medallion and a four-day, all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. this spring for the finals.

Sarah Sutherlin of Villa Duschene and Oak Grove School in St. Louis was Missouri’s high school recipient of the award. Central High School’s Nancy Fairbank was one of the state’s six Distinguished Finalists.

Below you’ll find the aforementioned “Hats, Pies and Fiddles” video by Brandon Goodwin.

The full press release, including recipients and finalists from all 50 states, can be found here.

The CFO congratulates Sophia for all of her wonderful work!