“Six Leg Fun Run & 5K” creator and organizer named among Arkansas’ top youth volunteers of 2016


Texarkana, AR- Shelby Dunphy-Day, 12, of Texarkana was nominated among Arkansas’ top youth volunteers of 2016 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

This is a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, is directed by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Dunphy-Day, a sixth-grader at College Hill Middle School Academy of Design took this project very seriously and worked diligently to perfect every detail of the race. Dunphy-Day was nominated for the award by College Hill Middle School Academy of Design.

Dunphy-Day created and organized two “six-leg” races in downtown Texarkana for dog owners and their loyal companions. All proceeds benefitted the Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana.

In order to make the “Six Leg Fun Run & 5K” possible, Shelby researched fundraising races, delivered presentations to community leaders by attending City Council meetings, and with these presentations obtained approval and grants from the two Texarkana municipal governments.

Shelby did not only plan a race but went as far as planning out contests, activities, built a website and even designed the shirt for the event.

As State Honoree, Shelby will receive $1,000 along with an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where she will join the top two honorees from each of the other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events.

During their visit to D.C., 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2016.

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