Shrey Pothini, a sixth grader at Harriet Bishop Elementary School in Savage, will be one of four people to receive a "Be the Change" award from Hands on Twin Cities at this year's Volunteer Expo at the Mall of America on Feb. 27.
Shrey will receive the Outstanding Youth Volunteer award. With the help of his school and local businesses, his annual towel drive gathered 735 bath towels and $600 in monetary donations for Avenues for Homeless Youth, which provides shelter and support to teens in Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park. Towels have also been distributed to homeless youth serving shelters in Prior Lake and Bloomington.
Avenues For Homeless Youth thanked Shrey for collecting towel donations and raising awareness of youth homelessness over the past several years.
As a third grader, Shrey founded a community service club at his school and then secured a grant to expand the service club model to other elementary schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. Next, he got the whole community involved by starting “Service Day Saturday” in Savage to encourage businesses, youth groups, faith groups, families and residents to participate in a city-wide day of service. Shrey and the Harriet Bishop Service Club will be leading this event again on April 16.