Winfield Park Resident Receives Volunteer Service Award

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EDISON—Kayla Kluse of Winfield Park, a junior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and their country. The award has been presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.

Susan Swenson, director of college counseling, presented Kluse with a special certificate noting this honor during Morning Meeting on Wednesday, March 3.

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Kluse earned her award through her participation as a peer minister in the CYO ~ Emmaus youth organization at St. John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Clark/Linden. Among the various activities involved in being a member of CYO, Kluse makes baskets for shut-ins to brighten their Christmas season. Involvement in such outreach activities should begin at a young age, she said, and enriches the welfare of the community.

Swenson stated, “Kayla is a determined student and dedicated volunteer. She freely takes on leadership roles, being a peer minister at her church’s youth group, speaking to her coach on behalf of her teammates, and attending the New Jersey Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar held at Monmouth University last year. Kayla is a remarkable young woman and someone for whom I have great admiration.”

Kayla is the daughter of Kenneth and Robin Kluse of Winfield Park.

PRESIDENTIAL HONOR…Susan Swenson, Director of College Counseling, presents a special certificate to Kayla Kluse of Winfield Park, a junior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison, after announcing that she received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which is part of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, on behalf of President Barack Obama. Photo by Michelle Daino/Wardlaw-Hartridge School


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