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Charles County Pub­lic Schools students can ap­ply for the 2017 Pru­den­tial Spirit of Com­mu­nity Awards pro­gram, which honors mid­dle and high school stu­dent vol­un­teers. The an­nual pro­gram rec­og­nizes students for ex­em­plary acts of vol­un­teer ser­vice in their com­mu­ni­ties. The awards are given to students for serv­ing their com­mu­ni­ties through vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties, such as helping the less for­tu­nate, pro­mot­ing health and safety, or pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

Students in grades 5 through 12 are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply and must have par­tic­i­pated in a vol­un­teer ac­tiv­ity that oc­curred in the past 12 months. Students can ap­ply on­line at http://spirit.pru­den­tial.com or at www.nassp. org/spirit. Ap­pli­ca­tions must be com­pleted by Nov. 8 and sub­mit­ted to the stu­dent’s prin­ci­pal. Two state-level hon­orees — one at the mid­dle-school level and one at the high-school level — will be an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary. Fi­nal­ists at the state level re­ceive bronze medal­lions and run­ner-ups re­ceive Cer­tifi­cates of Ex­cel­lence awards.

State-level hon­orees re­ceive $1,000 awards and travel to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., in the spring for recog­ni­tion events. Ten na­tional hon­orees will be se­lected from the fi­nal­ist group to re­ceive an ad­di­tional $5,000 award. Ad­di­tion­ally, $5,000 grants will be awarded on be­half of na­tional hon­orees by the Pru­den­tial Foun­da­tion to the non­profit, char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion of their choice.

The Pru­den­tial Spirit of Com­mu­nity Awards pro­gram was cre­ated by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Se­con­dar y School Prin­ci­pals and Pru­den­tial Fi­nan­cial in 1995 to honor both mid­dle and high school students for out­stand­ing acts of com­mu­nity ser­vice. The pro­gram is the largest youth recog­ni­tion pro­gram based solely on vol­un­teer ser­vice. Go to www.nassp.org/spirit for ad­di­tional pro­gram in­for­ma­tion.

Res­i­dents in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in on­line sur­vey

Charles County Govern­ment is part­ner­ing with Na­tional Re­search Cen­ter Inc. to con­duct the Na­tional Cit­i­zen Sur­vey (NCS). The sur­vey cen­ters on com­mu­nity liv­abil­ity and in­cludes ques­tions about the qual­ity of life in the com­mu­nity, lo­cal poli­cies, de­mo­graph­ics, rat­ing of lo­cal govern­ment ser­vices and res­i­dents’ use of ser vices.

Ear­lier this month, a ran­dom and sci­en­tific sam­ple of 1,500 house­holds re­ceived in­vi­ta­tions by mail. Res­i­dents who have not yet par­tic­i­pated are in­vited to take the sur­vey on­line at www.n-r-c.com/sur­vey/ charle­scoun­ty­survey.htm through Wed­nes­day, Oct. 12.

The NCS is de­signed to pro­vide a base­line of how Charles County Govern­ment is serv­ing res­i­dents, to bet­ter gauge per­cep­tions of the county, and to make com­par­isons with peer lo­cal govern­ment agen­cies.

Vet­er­ans out­reach resched­uled at CSM Prince Frederick

The U.S. Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fair has resched­uled a visit by one of its coun­selors to the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s Prince Frederick Cam­pus. A VA cen­ter out­reach co­or­di­na­tor will be on the cam­pus at 115 J.W. Wil­liams Road in Prince Frederick from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 11 in Flag­ship Build­ing A, Room 107.

The visit pre­vi­ously had been sched­uled for Sept. 29.

VA out­reach co­or­di­na­tors help guide vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies through many of the ma­jor ad­just­ments in their life­style that of­ten oc­cur af­ter a vet­eran re­turns from com­bat. Ser­vices for a vet­eran might in­clude in­di­vid­ual and group coun­sel­ing in ar­eas such as post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der, al­co­hol and drug as­sess­ment, and sui­cide pre­ven­tion re­fer­rals. All coun­sel­ing ser­vices are pro­vided free of charge and are strictly con­fi­den­tial.

The VA es­ti­mates there are 422,282 vet­er­ans liv­ing in Mary­land; nearly 42,000 of them re­side in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s coun­ties.

For more in­for­ma­tion about vet­er­ans out­reach, go to http://vet­cen­ter. va.gov/.

Hu­mane So­ci­ety hosts Mutt Mad­ness

The Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Charles County is host­ing Mutt Mad­ness which will be held rain or shine 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun­day, Oct. 9, at the Charles County Fair­grounds. All pro­ceeds from this event go di­rectly to the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of Charles County which is a 501(c) (3) non­profit lo­cated at 71 In­dus­trial Park Drive, Wal­dorf. Mutt Mad­ness is a pet, kid and fam­ily friendly event with games, cos­tume con­tests, dog pa­rades, lure chas­ing, agility course, tiny dog races, pie eat­ing con­tests for both hu­mans and dogs, demon­stra­tions from the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, pet first aide, weight pull, and Kid Zone fea­tur­ing face paint­ing, pony rides, moon bounce and more.

DAR of­fer­ing schol­ar­ships

The Na­tional So­ci­ety Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion of­fers mul­ti­ple schol­ar­ships to high school students and to those al­ready en­rolled in col­lege each year. For a list­ing of schol­ar­ships and an ap­pli­ca­tion, please con­tact Vicki Kelly at PortTobac­coDAR@ gmail.com.

Vol­un­teers sought for Com­mu­nity Re­source Day

The Charles County Home­less and Emer­gency Shel­ter Com­mit­tee is plan­ning its eighth Com­mu­nity Re­source Day to help those in need through­out Charles County. The event is sched­uled for Oct. 5 at the Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in Wal­dorf. Ser­vices will be pro­vided from10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vol­un­teers are needed to be “nav­i­ga­tors” to as­sist the clients by guid­ing them through the many ser­vices that will be of­fered. Vol­un­teers are asked to ar­rive at the Jaycees by 9:30 a.m. that morn­ing for a brief train­ing.

Many non­prof­its and govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions will

be par­tic­i­pat­ing that day to pro­vide ser­vices such as free im­mu­niza­tions, den­tal screen­ings, med­i­cal ex­ams; help with lit­er­acy train­ing, job search; help with ap­ply­ing for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als or VA ben­e­fits to name only a few. Agen­cies will be on hand to pro­vide cloth­ing, food and per­sonal care items.

To vol­un­teer and for more in­for­ma­tion, call United Way of Charles County at 301-609-4844 or email dhad­den@unit­ed­way­charles.org.

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