Girl Scout volunteer named Jefferson Award recipient
Girl Scout volunteer Roxanne Plater from Penn Hills is a 2012 Jefferson Award recipient, according to an announcement in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The announcement highlights Roxanne's dedication to the Girl Scout Mission, noting that she "works with girls of diverse ages, races and background to instill the courage, confidence and character needed to make the world a better place."
Please join us in congratulating Roxanne on this achievement!
Reprinted with permission from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2013
About the Jefferson Awards:
In 1972, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard founded the Jefferson Awards program to honor the unsung heroes of our country. The program is named after founding father Thomas Jefferson, a man who reflected the spirit of excellence in America as author of the Declaration of Independence, President of the United States, and advocate for a free press and freedom of religion.
Now known as the "Nobel Prize for volunteerism", the Jefferson Awards honors individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service.
The Jefferson Awards are presented on two levels: national and local. Past Jefferson Awards recipients on the national level include Oprah Winfrey, Peyton Manning, Bill Gates, Condoleezza Rice, Faith Hill, Lance Armstrong, and Gen. Colin Powell.
In 1976, former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editor John Craig established a local program honoring Western Pennsylvania's "Community Champions" -- everyday citizens who encountered problems in their neighborhood and created solutions to fix them. Today, the Post-Gazette continues to honor outstanding volunteers each week through the Jefferson Awards program.