Reba Harris receives presidential volunteer award
- Written by Mary Kelly Bumbaugh
It is not every day a young woman opens her mail and sees an embossed presidential seal on a letter from the White House. In January, Reba Harris, Atascocita High School senior, discovered she had received the Presidential Volunteer Gold Service Award, an honor created by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. “I’m excited about the award, but volunteering is normal for me. I love to volunteer. Our motto at home is ‘Be humble and grateful,’” Harris said. “I completed 250 hours of work over the last 12 months at the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo and Humble ISD and made chocolate chip cookies for the residents at Humble Health Care. I also interned at church camp leading skits and small groups, but my favorite activity was reading to the children at Humble Area Assistance Ministries.” This prestigious award is an honor for Americans who show commitment and inspiration for others to engage in volunteer service, and recognizes and encourages sustained volunteer service. Over 1.4 million awards have been given across the nation since 2003. “Each volunteer hour makes a difference in improving the quality of life for others and I encourage everyone to contribute to our community by volunteering. ‘Little becomes much’ when we all add to it. Working together, we make our communities stronger and safer,” said Lenora Hunt, pastor, New Caney Family Worship Center, a certifying organization for the award. “We are especially proud of our volunteers who have made service a central part of their lives. It is a blessing to come across an individual like Reba, with a compassionate, loving heart and willingness to serve. It is rare to find someone so young. She is just 18 years old. I’ve known her for several years and she is a role model for young Americans,” said Hunt. “It will be interesting to see what she does in her life.” Harris has been accepted to her dream school since seventh grade, Stephen F. Austin University, and plans to major in middle-school education. She is the daughter of Jan and Roger Harris. Photo: Reba Harris has the rare ability to touch lives of all ages.