Bush to honor Lowell student tomorrow

A Lowell High School student from San Francisco will be honored by President Bush Wednesday forthe teen's local and international community service, White House officials announced today.

During his brief stop in the Bay Area, President Bush will honor Richard Berwick, 18, a senior and the head of fundraising activities for his school's Building with Books, an after-school program for students to volunteer in community services activities. The program also holds fundraisers during the year to finance construction of schoolhouses in villages around the world, according to officials.

Bush and Berwick will shake hands and pose for photographers after Bush arrives in Air Force One at the San Francisco International Airport at 4:30 p.m.

Berwick participates in various community service projects such as Renew the Zoo where he works on improving the aesthetics of the San Francisco Zoo. In April 2007, Berwick traveled with other Building with Books

volunteers to Mali, Africa, where he spent two weeks helping to build a schoolhouse in a rural village, according to officials.

The President's Volunteer Service Award is available to individuals 15 and older who have completed 100 or more hours of volunteer service, youth ages 14 and under who have completed 50 or more hours and to families or groups that have completed 200 or more hours.

More information about the award can be found at www.presidentialserviceawards.gov.

— Bay City News 

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