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The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism, recently acknowledged Paris sixth grader, Curt Fendley, for his work at the local Boys & Girls Club.

Fendley, 12, attends Crockett Intermediate School and in his spare time works in an after-school leadership program that he founded at the Boys & Girls Club, called “Operation Empower.”

As a finalist for the award, Fendley received an engraved bronze medallion. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is now in its 23rd year and is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Curt’s group, which meets once a week for team-building and activity brainstorming, has worked on a variety of projects, from planning and implementing a STEM day camp to painting a food pantry’s waiting area.

“His father, Clifton and I are very proud of everything Curt and all the Operation Empower members have done in the last year. We are very excited to see what they will accomplish this year. Being chosen for a Prudential Spirit of Community Distinguished Finalist award is such an honor but he couldn’t have done it without all the Operation Empower members and the tremendous community support,” said Curt’s mother, Melissa Fendley.

You can read more about the group and stay connected with Operation Empower by liking their Facebook page, click here.

If you would like to volunteer or donate to Operation Empower please contact Curt Fendley at