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Sixth-grader Tracen Mangum received recognition for his volunteer service during a school assembly at Snake River Middle School on Wednesday.
Tracen and his eighth-grade brother, Braden, were recognized by Prudential Financial, in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, as two of the four Idaho youth who have made a difference in their communities.
The Mangum brothers volunteered at the Blackfoot Animal Shelter and developed a Facebook page that helped to decrease the euthanasia of dogs and cats from 800 animals in 2012 to 35 in 2013.
Speaking to the SRMS student body, Rod Furniss, a representative of Prudential Financial, said, "We do this because we believe that, if we are going to meet the many challenges we face today, we're all going to have to get more involved in making our communities and our planet a better place to live.
"Our greatest hope lies in young people like yourselves," he said.
Each brother also received a letter from President Barack Obama upon receiving the President's Volunteer Service Award.
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