West Chester Hillendale student earns national volunteer award
WEST CHESTER A West Chester elementary school student will be honored in Washington in May as one of Pennsylvania's top two youth volunteers of 2014 by a nationwide program that recognizes students who help others.
Nikolas Toocheck, 10, created a campaign called "Running the World for Children," for which he is running a marathon on each continent to raise money for a nonprofit his grandfather started that gives coats to kids, called Operation Warm. He has raised about $20,000 so far.
"I thought, 'Wouldn't it be great to do something I love and help people at the same time?' " Nikolas said.
People can donate at nikrunstheworld.com.
The fifth grader at Hillendale Elementary School will receive $1,000, a paid trip to Washington, and an engraved silver medallion. The award is presented by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.