Mother McAuley High School senior Jane McGuire, of Mt. Greenwood, has been honored with a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a national program that honors youth volunteers for outstanding volunteer service.
The program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, grants Certificates of Excellence to the top 10 percent of all applicants in each state and the District of Columbia.
“Across the United States, young volunteers are doing remarkable things to contribute to the well-being of the people and communities around them,” said Prudential CEO Charles Lowrey. “Prudential is honored to celebrate the contributions of these students, and we hope their stories inspire others to volunteer.”
As a student at Mother McAuley, McGuire regularly initiates service projects. The past two Octobers, she led the school community in Trick or Treat for UNICEF. Each student was given a small, orange box to collect money for children in need across the world. Together, students raised over $1,500.
Last spring, McGuire organized a shoe drive to benefit Share Your Soles, an organization that collects gently worn and new shoes and distributes them to people in need in countries around the world. The contributions from McGuire’s efforts and McAuley students numbered 215 pairs of shoes, which McGuire and her dad proudly delivered to the Share Your Soles warehouse.
During the summer of 2018, McGuire, working toward earning her Gold Medal—the highest award bestowed upon a member of the Girl Scouts of America—initiated a two-week, non-profit theater camp for children in the lower-income neighborhood of Posen. McGuire’s efforts were inspired by her own passion for acting and performing in McAuley’s theater program.
From start to finish, McGuire managed the entire program.
From selecting the play to advertising the camp, teaching and directing the campers and securing funding for the costly licensing, she did it all. McGuire used profits made from selling Girl Scout cookies to cover licensing fees.
She also found novel ways to raise funds.
During Mother McAuley’s “Curtain Call” summer theater camp (at which McGuire was a counselor) production of “Beauty and the Beast,” lighted roses were sold during performances with all funds going directly toward the camp.
McGuire welcomed 14 students ages 6 to 12 to the camp, and within two weeks, they had been given roles, learned the lines and songs, and performed “Aladdin” for guests at two shows at the Posen Civic Center.