Runnels senior receives award for volunteering _lowres

Irene Lewis

Irene Lewis, a senior at Runnels High School, recently received the 2015 Outstanding High School Volunteer Award from the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation.

Every year, one student from each high school in East Baton Rouge, Ascension and Livingston parishes is chosen to receive the award, which includes a $500 scholarship. The award is given to high schoolers who have performed outstanding volunteer service at school and in the community, a news release said.

Lewis is the co-founder and vice president of the Runnels chapter of Free the Children, an international charity that empowers those in underserved areas to build and sustain development projects, the release said.

Last winter, she organized a school wide supply drive for Children’s Oasis and was a liaison for the Salvation Army’s Angel Project at Runnels. She also led a “Socktober Drive” this fall to collect new socks for people in area homeless shelters.

Lewis also volunteers as a coach at Central Bobcat Cheerleading, organizes teams for participation in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and is active in the youth and music departments in her church, where she plays the organ and keyboard for worship services.

Lewis is undecided about her college plans but said she will use the $500 scholarship for expenses during her freshman year.

She is the daughter of Eric and Maura Lewis.