CARAWAY, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 teen is one of two Arkansas students to be honored for volunteerism at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
According to a news release, Alexis Roberson of Caraway was honored Sunday night for her volunteer service during the 23rd annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
Roberson, along with the other top youth volunteers across the country, received $1,000 and a personal congratulations from Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn.
Roberson was named one of Arkansas' top high school and middle-level youth volunteers in February by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.
Along with the cash award, each recipient received an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent to Washington, D. C. for four days of recognition events.
Roberson is a seventh-grader at Riverside High School.
She started a campaign to collect more than 1,500 coloring books and 600 boxes of crayons for children in the hospital in memory of her best friend Bailey who passed away in 2016.
Bailey said coloring helped take her mind off of being sick, and she dreamed of collecting coloring books and crayons for other sick kids.
"She never got the chance to make her dream come true, so I started Books for Bailey in her memory," Roberson said.
Roberson asked for donations on Facebook, enlisted help from her mother, a local FBLA chapter, a fundraising partner, and the town of Lake City.
She was able to deliver coloring books and supplies to children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Roberson is now collecting soda can tabs to support a Ronald McDonald House in Memphis in honor of her late friend.