2011 Leslie May Legaspi’s earns Rotary Youth Community Service Award
Leslie May Legaspi earns Buena Park Rotary’s “New Generations Youth Service Award”
Leslie got an early start in with Community Service. In elementary school she volunteered at church and in our community. She participated in canned food drives for less fortunate people living in her area. In high school, she was involved in community service through the California Scholarship Federation, CSF. She continued to participate in canned food drives as a leader. In addition, Leslie and a friend created “ Knowledge Playoffs” where 10 teachers and 10 students compete to find out if teachers or students are smarter. It is an exciting contest is like the TV show “Jeopardy. “The money earned from this event helps the club, and a portion of the net proceeds is donated to the Buena Park Coordinating Council to help the needy families of Buena Park. In the National Honors Society, she coordinated the “Help Us Give Smiles” project, or more commonly known as “HUGS.” They collected all sorts of toys and donated them to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
In her senior year, Leslie was involved in Assemblyman Mendoza’s Young Legislators Program. During the Christmas Holidays, she helped collect and distribute toys to needy children. Next her group worked in a local park they raked leaves and pulled out weeds and planted new plants.
Now is College Leslie still finds time to help serve in the community. On March 19th she will be the inspirational speaker at the SCF Spring Conference being held at Buena Park High School.
Leslie says “I never really had a goal of winning an award for my service. I only volunteer because it is my hobby to help and inspire others to be successful. Most importantly, it always gives me a heart-warming feeling to know that I made someone smile.”