Cooper student honored for volunteering

Cooper High School student Corey Loken has been named on of six runners-up in the 18th Annual 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Minnesota and has received a Distinguished Finalist medal to commemorate this award.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Award is a nationwide program that honors youth for their acts of volunteerism.

Loken is a sophomore in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and was nominated for his efforts to help KidPack, a program that provides weekend snacks to students in elementary schools who often don’t have enough to eat over the weekend.

Loken coordinated a tennis tournament called Serving Up Weekend Snacks, which raised more than $15,000 to provide 7,200 snack packages. He raised the funds through the tournament participation, sponsorships and grants.

Based on the number of volunteer hours indicated on Loken’s application, he has also qualified for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteers significant amounts of time to serve their communities.