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April 2016

106-year-old Dancing Grandma Receives President's Lifetime Achievement Award

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In March, the video of 106- year-old dancing Grandma Virginia McLaurin meeting with President and Mrs. Obama became an Internet sensation. On the eve of her 107th birthday, May 11, the Internet sensation also received attention for another reason: her two decades of nearly daily service to schoolchildren in the nation's Capitol.

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Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, presents Ms. Virginia McLaurin, a Senior Corps volunteer, with the President's Volunteer Service Award for Lifetime Achievement in advance of her 107th birthday on March 12, 2016. Photo: Corporation for National and Community Service

Starting in her early 80s, McLaurin, whom her students affectionately call "Grandma Virginia," has served as a Senior Corps Foster Grandparent. She helps students with their reading and social skills, and mentors children with special needs. She continues to serve at Roots Public Charter School.

Surrounded by community leaders and students, McLaurin received the President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for Lifetime Achievement. The PVSA, an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), honors individuals for their exemplary volunteer service during a 12- month period or over the course of a lifetime.

"For decades, Grandma Virginia has been making a powerful impact in her community and her service is truly an inspiration to us all," said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. "Grandma Virginia and thousands like her are not only helping their communities, but also themselves by living active, healthy lives through volunteering. At 107, she is living proof that volunteering leads to a longer, healthier, and happier life, and I am honored to present Grandma Virginia with this Lifetime Achievement award."

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