Art for Hospice's teen founder wins national service award

May 12, 2013 

Emma Astrike-Davis

Emma Astrike-Davis of Durham was named one of the top 10 youth volunteers in the nation last week by the Prudential Spirit of Community program.

Emma, 17, was previously the state’s high school Spirit of Community Award winner for her work with Art for Hospice, a program she founded that recruits students to create artwork to decorate the rooms of patients in hospice centers, nursing homes and VA hospitals. In the program’s five-year history, more than a thousand pieces of art of have been donated.

Emma, a junior at Cary Academy, was honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., where she met actor Kevin Spacey and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix, and she received a personal award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for her school and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit organization of her choice.

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