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Las lomas honors vounteers with prestigious service award

Las Lomas Elementary School announced it has awarded 16 volunteers with the first annual President’s Volunteer Service Award, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service.

Established in 2003, the award is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering.  As one of thousands of certifying organizations participating in the award program, Las Lomas confers the award to recognize the outstanding achievements of its volunteers. 

“In his 2002 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush created the USA Freedom Corps, and called on every American to make a lifelong commitment to volunteer service.  The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals and families who have answered that call,” said Kriztella Melendez, PVSA Program Chair of Las Lomas.

“America’s volunteers work to make our communities stronger and safer. As a certifying organization for the award program, Las Lomas Elementary School is proud to be aligned with this prestigious volunteer award, and we are especially proud of our volunteers who have made volunteer service a central part of their lives.”

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is an award for volunteer service that every American – from every age and every walk of life – can aspire to achieve.  To be eligible to receive the award, individuals, families and groups submit a record of their annual volunteer service hours to participating certifying organizations, such as Las Lomas Elementary School, that will verify the service and deliver the award. Award eligibility for individuals and groups is based on hour requirements varying by age. 

“These recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Award are role models for all Americans,” Kriztella Melendez said.  “Each volunteer hour contributed makes a difference in improving the quality of life for others, and I encourage everyone to contribute to our community by volunteering.  Volunteers bring us closer together as families, as communities and as a Nation, through their commitment.”

The award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group created by President Bush to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making to our Nation.  Chaired by two-time Super Bowl Champion Darrell Green, with former U.S. Senators Bob Dole and John Glenn as honorary co-chairs, the Council comprises leaders in government, media, entertainment, business, education, nonprofits and volunteer service organizations, and community volunteering.

For more information about volunteering for Las Lomas Elementary School PVSA, Kriztella Melendez at 832-721-8746 and

For more information about how to qualify for the President’s Volunteer Service Award and to find out how to identify additional volunteer opportunities in this area, visit or call 1-866-545-5307.

Las Lomas VolunteersCongratulations to the Las Lomas students who served over 1,241 hours. Principal Alan Rochkus (left) and Vice Prinipal Jennifer Lomas (right) celebrate their PVSA awardees, including:

Kimberly 196.50 hrs

Jacob 143 hrs

Camilia 116 hrs

Sarah Elisabeth 114 hrs

Andrew 103 hrs

Natalia 86 hrs

Richard 84.40 hrs

Jake 71 hrs

Caleb 70 hrs

Sarah 64 hrs

Jackson 60.50 hrs

Allison 57 hrs

Lainey 53.25 hrs

Cecilia 46 hrs

Eimeona 18 hrs

Aleia 4 hrs


Posted on May 29, 2013