A 2013 Bettendorf High School graduate has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service.
Claire Reisen, 18, of Bettendorf, won the President’s Volunteer Service Award that recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. It was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.
Reisen earned her award by establishing and coaching an inclusive, special-needs dance team called the Dusterettes at her high school.
“Coaching this team has become another passion for me, and I am amazed at how much team members have accomplished,” Reisen said. “Whether they are kicking their legs as high as they can, doing a turn or sitting in a wheelchair shaking poms with all their hearts, they are living their dreams of being a dance team member, representing their school and being accepted and cheered by other students.
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“The Dusterettes have made me more proud than words can say, and I will never forget the impact they have made on my life,” she said. Reisen noted that she would tell others that the reward you will get by giving to others is nothing compared to what you will get back in return.
Reisen will attend St. Ambrose University in Davenport in the fall, where she will perform with the school’s dance team.
The Spirit of Community Awards are sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program recognizes young people across America for outstanding community service activities.