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Pittsburgh, March 7 – Only a select group of college students across the nation can say that they have been honored by the President of the United States. Jennie Roth, a La Roche College junior, can now claim membership in that exclusive club. On Monday, March 7, Roth received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from Bush when he arrived in Pittsburgh for a visit.

“It was an honor,” said Roth, a Pittsburgh native who was part of a contingent of people that met Air Force One and then joined the presidential motorcade for the day. “It was quite an experience.”

Roth received her award for her volunteer work at the Providence Family Support Center on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Established by the Sisters of Divine Providence, the College’s founding congregation, the center serves underprivileged families in the area. Staff members and volunteers provide parent education, job training, counseling, childcare services and pre-school services. President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush visited the Providence Family Support Center while promoting faith-based initiatives that assist at-risk children.

“Over the years, I’ve gotten to know the families and people at the center,” said Roth, who began volunteering as a freshman through her work with Project Achievement at La Roche. “You never know what the kids are going through at home, but when they’re at the center, they know they’re going to enjoy themselves. I like being part of that.”

In addition to her work with children at the Providence Family Support Center, Roth has served holiday meals at the center and has helped to organize toy drives sponsored by the organization.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award, an initiative of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, is available to Americans of all ages who have demonstrated their dedication to volunteer service.<

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