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At Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, we believe in working together to build strong communities! Our ongoing efforts include the Reading is Basic book giveaway for Nationwide Title 1 students, supporting dozens of local schools, groups and organizations — and so much more.

We also like to encourage Back to Basics’ students to get involved. So, from time to time you’ll see volunteer opportunities and community service recognition opportunities listed here. For example, below is information about the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program — the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. In fact, last year a Back to Basics’ student was the recipient of a state Distinguished Finalist medal for this award! So, if you have a student who is making a difference, please apply!

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.

Each year in early May, the 102 State Honorees of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are brought to Washington, D.C., with their parents for four days of national recognition events.

While in Washington, the honorees share their experiences and ideas with one another, tour the historic monuments and landmarks of the nation’s capital, visit their U.S. senators on Capitol Hill, enjoy a festive dinner cruise on the Potomac River, and are honored at a gala dinner and award ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. In addition, 10 of the 102 State Honorees are named America’s top youth volunteers of the year at a formal luncheon at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The honorees also hear from notable public figures. Past speakers include Jimmy Carter, Barbara Bush, Mario Cuomo, Magic Johnson, Richard Dreyfuss, John Glenn, Madeleine Albright, Martin Sheen, Rudy Giuliani, Whoopi Goldberg, Colin Powell, Ted Danson, Peyton Manning, Sarah Ferguson (the Duchess of York), Laura Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Susan Sarandon, Eli Manning and numerous U.S. senators.

If you know a student making a difference, please nominate them! Here are the keys dates:

November 6, 2012
Student application deadline.

November 13, 2012
Deadline for schools and officially designated local organizations to select and certify local Honorees for state-level judging.

February 5, 2013
Judging results are announced by NASSP and Prudential.

May 4 – 7, 2013
National recognition events in Washington, D.C.

For more information, please visit Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics is the undisputed leader in one-on-one tutoring in Nationwide. In addition, the company offers a unique Department of Education-approved K-12 Private School in Wilmington, Nationwide and a Nationwide Business and Trade School for ages 16 and older. Back to Basics is the winner of numerous awards for academic and business excellence including the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.