Sixth grade student Rachel Weintraub was named the Hillcrest Middle School volunteer of the year in the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the award recognizes outstanding community service by young Americans. Rachel Weintraub is now eligible for the Connecticut youth volunteer of the year awards. Two state honorees, one middle level and one high school student, will be named in February. Each will receive a $1,000 award, a silver medallion, and trip to Washington, DC for recognition ceremonies with a parent\/guardian next May. Other honorees will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence. \u201cWeintraub loves doing charity work and 2014 has been a charity-filled year for her. She raised money and awareness for hunger, raised over $1,000 for Jump Rope for Heart, performed in shows for suicide prevention and for kids with disabilities. She helped in disaster relief programs and is doing a dance mob for kindness. She is also a part of Hillcrest Middle School\u2019s charity club \u201cSPOKES. She looks forward in continuing to help and support those who need it, and hopes to inspire others to do the same.\u201d Stafford Thomas, Principal of Hillcrest Middle School praised Rachel for her volunteer service and spirit of community.