Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has awarded three children from across Puget Sound with The Barnum Award.
The national award, which honors the spirit of P.T. Barnum and his contributions to society, recognizes children who are making a difference in their community.
Recipients from Gig Harbor, Lake Stevens and Port Orchard were honored in a ceremony on Thursday, August 26, before the opening night of Barnum’s FUNundrum at the Comcast Arena.
The Silver Barnum Award Winner is Sierra Walker from Lake Stevens.
Walker has volunteered her time working with seniors at the Lake Stevens Senior Center in many of the Center’s activities. She has gone to the Snohomish County Health Department and earned her food handlers permit to work in the kitchen every Friday to help prepare the weekly lunch.
She assisted with the annual garage sale to help raise money for the center.
The weekly luncheon that Walker volunteers for serves 200 plus seniors a week. They are always short staffed so her help has made the difference.
Other winners include Bryce Baird from Port Orchard and Joshua Alfaro from Gig Harbor.
Baird, 6, received the Bronze Barnum Award for helping serve low-income families Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
Alfaro, who was honored with the Gold Barnum Award, created a coupon book consisting of local businesses and then selling the books to members of his community.
The over $11,000 he raised went towards the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Alfaro also organized his own relay team with students from his school.
The Barnum Award debuts as the nation’s leadership asks people to identify needs in their community and engage in meaningful service to create change.
The Barnum Award is designed to reward children, ages six to 14, who have created social good and community through their own inventive and pioneering actions.
Winners of The Barnum Award are chosen from a pool of nominees, by a panel of distinguished local luminaries, and receive medals and grants to fund future community service projects.