Three outstandingly community-minded students from Northport High School
were recently recognized by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
program for their service of the surrounding community. This
youth-recognition program chooses recipients solely on volunteer and
community service, and is the largest in the country. Sophomore sisters
Emily and Kaitlyn Berger and senior Charlotte Bender were recognized by
the program as local honorees and were congratulated by principal Daniel
Danbusky on June 13.
For many years, Emily and Kaitlyn have served the community with their
family by preparing food and gift bags for families in need by and
donating them to local food pantries, the Northport VA, and section
eight housing. Both of them serve almost every weekend, and enjoy
filling bags and writing encouraging notes to people in need.
“It truly feels so much better to give than to receive,” said Emily.
Graduating senior Charlotte Bender was recognized for her commitment to
volunteering in the Commack ambulance core, in which she assists local
EMTs and paramedics. Charlotte volunteers at least once a week for a
shift up to seven hours, and has earned her NYS first Responder card.
Additionally, Charlotte has helped run an annual toy drive at the high
Both Kaitlyn Berger and Charlotte Bender were also recognized for having
gone above and beyond their community service requirement, making them
recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.