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Louisville youth named one of top volunteers in the nation

Eleven-year-old Grace Davis, a fifth-grader at Greathouse Shryock Traditional Elementary School, has been named one of the Top 10 youth volunteers in the nation. (Source: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards) Eleven-year-old Grace Davis, a fifth-grader at Greathouse Shryock Traditional Elementary School, has been named one of the Top 10 youth volunteers in the nation. (Source: Prudential Spirit of Community Awards)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville middle schooler has been named one of the Top 10 youth volunteers in the nation. 

Eleven-year-old Grace Davis, a fifth-grader at Greathouse Shryock Traditional Elementary School, was bestowed that honor when she was selected as a 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honoree. The organization gives national recognition to high schoolers and middle schoolers based on their achievements in community service. 

Earlier this month Davis attended the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards event in Washington D.C. 

"I'm just really excited right now," Davis said (near the 50-minute mark in this webcast) at the awards ceremony. "First of all I want to thank my parents, who came with me to Washington D.C. and who have supported me the whole way. I especially want to thank my first-grade teacher Miss Moore, who went to the board meeting with me and supported me. I just really want to thank her and all my school and my friends, because they always supported me (and) they helped me fundraise to get the idea started." 

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Davis has raised more than $140,000 over the past four years to care for babies born prematurely by distributing piggy banks to students in the community and encouraging them to fill them up. 

She took her idea, called “Piggies for Preemies,” to officials at Kosair Children’s Hospital, whose neonatal unit is the beneficiary of the program. BB&T Bank also agreed to donate 604 piggy banks, one for every student in Davis' school, and as an incentive for filling those banks, offered a chance to win a $500 scholarship. 

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