Tallassee’s Jolly among state’s top youth volunteers

(Carmen Rodgers) Mike Holmes of the Alabama House of Representatives from the 31st District visited Coach John Mask's classroom on Tuesday to honor Tallassee High School senior Kayla Jolly who recently earned the Prudential Spirit of Community Award which represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service.

Alabama House Rep. Mike Holmes (R-Wetumpka) visited coach John Mask’s classroom Tuesday to honor Tallassee High School senior Kayla Jolly, who recently earned the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

Jolly helps provide soldiers and their families with logistical and emotional support through the Alabama National Guard Youth Program and the Alabama National Guard Advisory Board. The Prudential award represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service.

“Ms. Jolly earned this distinction by giving generously of her time and energy, providing logistical and emotional support through the Alabama National Guard Youth Program,” Holmes said. “She uses her experiences from her father’s deployment to help others.”

Created in 1995 by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level.

The program has recognized more than 125,000 young people who’ve made a difference and inspired countless others to consider how they might contribute to their communities.