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The award that hasn't stopped giving

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GREAT FALLS- Often times people are recognized for the good deeds they do, but do you ever wonder where they are today? 

Well, after being awarded the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in 2015 for mentoring those with special needs, one local Great Falls High School student has kept his volunteering efforts going inside and outside of the classroom.

Jayson's desire to help special needs students all started in Mrs. Colton's middle school classroom. 

"I was in the classroom at East there was this kid named William, and we were such good buds, every day I would come in, we would work on something every day, we were just so close,” said Jayson Wanner, a recipient of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Little did he know it would lead him to win the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which honors two students from each state in grades 5 through 12 for their volunteer work.

"It's helped him to seek more about what he has the potential to be able to do, and it's just caused him to reach out more and put himself out there so that he can do things that not everybody is willing to do,” said Kathy Wanner, Jayson’s Mom. 

"It kind of gave me a jump off point. Like it kind of gave me that motivation to do more and to know that whatever I'm doing is impactful,” said Jayson. 

Motivation, pushing him to continue his work with special needs by taking a lead role in volunteering at last summer’s Special Olympics in Great Falls. 

 "I would say that the most impactful thing about volunteering, in general, is the lifelong relationships I can get through it. They're so uniquely different. They're a different sort in a good way, they're good people to hang out with all the time,” said Jayson. 

Whether he's leading respect rallies at Great Falls High, inside a classroom helping students, or forming bonds throughout Special Olympics, Jayson has been able to not only find his passion in his career but continue to live out the reasons he received the prudential spirit of community awards.

In fact, if you're chosen to win like Jayson was, you get to go to Washington D.C. and be recognized for your service and you'll spend time with fellow awardees. During his trip to D.C. Jayson says getting a chance to win an award like this made him realize how important it is to make the most out of every experience.

If your child would like to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award click here. The deadline is November 6th, 2018.

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