The Leonard Gelfand STEM Center at Case Western Reserve University was recognized with the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for more than 2,500 volunteer hours contributed to the community through the center’s Environmental Heroes program.
Through the program, which focuses on science field research at the Cleveland Metroparks, 15 of the 17 middle and high school students earned a total of 10 gold and five bronze Presidential Awards for their service. Gold awards are given to children (age 5 to 14) for 100 hours or more and young adults (age 15 to 25) for 250 hours or more of service in one year. Bronze awards are given to children (age 5 to 14) for 50 to 74 hours or young adults (age 15 to 25) for 100 to 174 hours of service in one year.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award was created by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to recognize and thank Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.