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Congratulations to Mehr Grewal, a sixth-grader at Odle Middle School, for being awarded as a Washington State Honoree in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards! Mehr has volunteered with a Seattle charitable organization for the past four years and during that time has initiated campaigns to promote correct hand-washing and healthy eating. A recent flu epidemic caused her to research ways to promote good health – she found that hand-washing was the most effective way.

In addition, Mehr started a nutritional counseling program and enlisted the support of a nutritionist to educate people about healthy diet options. She also helps out at a food bank and participates in blanket and clothing drives in the winter, all contributing to her recognition as a state honoree!

We’d also like to congratulate Eshika Saxena, a senior at Interlake, who was recognized as a distinguished finalist! Eshika is the founder of “TakeKnowledGe”, a nonprofit that has encouraged more than 500 girls in the state of Washington to pursue STEM fields by organizing programming workshops and mentoring teams participating in robotics competitions. She has also developed several technology applications to help solve global health problems including an in-home sickle cell disease screening app.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. One high school and one middle school student receive $1,000 and an all expenses paid trip to Washington DC in May for the chance to win the $5,000 award. Learn more about the program on their website.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.