Prudential Spirit of Community Distinguished Finalist
Bela Gowda ’24 was named one of the top runners-up in the The 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in California.
Eighth-grader Bela has collected and donated 2,000 books and $1,300 to The African Library Project, helping establish libraries in Ghana and Uganda; her efforts include fundraising by selling cookies and lemonade and soliciting book donations from community members, used book stores and her local library. Bela also recruited her family to help her count, organize and package book donations.
In acknowledging Bela’s accomplishment, the organizers also noted that based on the number of volunteer hours she has logged thus far, she has also qualified for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Complete results for that award will be announced in the spring.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is considered the largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service in the U.S.
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.