Two students recognized as two of Maine's top volunteers

    Rebecca Hatt

    PORTLAND (WGME) - A 13-year-old and 18-year-old are being recognized as two of Maine’s top volunteers.

    The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards recognizes students for outstanding volunteer work.

    Isabel Brennan, of Yarmouth High School, was awarded for her work with "Lunch Crunch."

    Isabel Brennan

    The organization provides healthy breakfasts to students during summer break.

    Rebecca Hatt, of Biddeford Middle School, was awarded for starting monthly distributions of female hygiene products to homeless women in the city.

    Both girls say the projects have been rewarding experiences.

    "It's kind of magical because it's mutually beneficial for everyone and sometimes I feel like I have gained more than the students have who come because I’m exposed to different cultures and people that I might not otherwise meet in my town,” Brennan said.

    "When people come up to me and they just have these huge smiles on their faces and they say, ‘Thank you for doing this for the community and thank you for helping people like me in this community.’ It just makes me feel so good,” Hatt said.

    The two winners will travel to Washington D.C. to be honored. Both girls also have a chance to become one of the nation’s top volunteers.

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