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Student Service Award

ILA’s Literacy and Social Responsibility Special Interest Group (L-SR SIG) is pleased to sponsor the Literacy and Service Recognition Award -- thanks to Alma Flor Ada and Isabel Campoy for generously providing seed funds.

What makes this award unusual is that recipients are students (K-16+) nominated by teachers and/or librarians to be honored for exemplary community service that relates to the purposes of the L-SR SIG:

To study, understand, and promote high-quality programs which foster community service, participatory citizenship, social responsibility, appreciation for diversity, environmental stewardship, and caring behavior that occurs within the development of literacy across the curriculum.

Award winners are recognized at ILA’s annual conference as part of the L-SR SIG Program. Additionally, winning students/programs are featured on our website!

Winners List
  Title Recipients
2018 Sharing Love of Reading and Writing Willa Shakespeare, Patton Elementary School, Austin, TX
2014 The OCHO Project (Opportunities for Children to Help Others): Read for a Need Jillian Butler, Josh Langley, Shelbey McGee, and Jaren Rinaldi of Northwest Elementary in Hudson, FL, nominated by Lisa Peart, School Counselor
2013 Compassion to Action Jenna Dulin of Salisbury University, nominated by Patricia Dean
2012 Olivia's Birds: Saving the Gulf Olivia Bouler, Islip Middle School, Islip, NY (Age 12), nominated by Patricia Dean

Project S.O.A.R.
(Save Our Albatross Research)

Ahlam Jallaq, Aubrey Lanham, Ailis Rees, Leslie Robins, Evelyn Stuntz, nominated by Debbie Charna
Columbus School for Girls, Columbus, OH

Join us to celebrate the work of our youth serving our communities. Guidelines for submission for the Literacy and Service Recognition Award are available as a pdf file for you to download. You will be asked to submit contact and program information, including a short essay that describes the project and particularly the impact the nominee/program has made.

All materials should be sent (via email and/or regular mail) to the Student Service Awards Chair of the ILA Literacy and Social Responsibility Special Interest Group. You will receive confirmation of receipt of materials via email and will be notified about results of committee review.

We encourage you to download a flyer describing the award program and to share it with teachers and librarians you know who might be interested in submitting a nomination to highlight the work of one or more students in their school.

If you have questions, please contact the Awards Chair, Cheryl Nelson, via email (

Thank you for your interest and support!



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