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Federal Way student honored for volunteer work

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on April 19, 2010 at 2:05 pm with No Comments »
April 19, 2010 2:31 pm

A student from Federal Way has been chosen as one of the top two youth volunteers in Washington state for her work helping homeless people, hospitalized children and infants of drug-addicted mothers.

Over the past eight years, Megan Johnson, a senior at Highline CHOICE Academy, has made blankets for homeless people and babies of drug-addicted mothers, collected DVDs for five children’s hospitals, and raised money help get four families off the streets and into homes.

Johnson was honored last week during a Highline School District board meeting as one of the state’s top two youth volunteers in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. She also will be recognized for her volunteerism Tuesday night at a Federal Way City Council meeting.

Johnson will receive $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in early May, where 10 of the honorees will be named America’s top youth volunteers for 2010 by Prudential.

Johnson, who has had 26 surgeries to correct a facial disorder, said she started helping homeless people out of her own experience of loneliness and being unaccepted, according to a news release. To read more about her and other honorees, press here.

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