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ASD Student Ashley Perry Receives Points of Light Award

Ashley Perry with ASD Deputy Superintendent Mark Stock, Left, Senator Dan Sullivan, and Mears principal Eric Backman Ashley Perry stands with with ASD Deputy Superintendent Mark Stock, Left, Senator Dan Sullivan, and Mears Middle School Principal Eric Backman in front of her first Blessing Box at Mears Middle School.

Anchorage School District student Ashley Perry was awarded the Daily Points of Light Award on October 18, 2019 for her work placing Blessing Boxes in the Anchorage area. Perry began the Blessing Boxes two years ago and has 15 boxes in place with more coming available monthly.

Perry said the idea behind the boxes is to take what you need and whenever you can, replace it. “It is a box designed to help students and families in need with miscellaneous items ranging from hygiene products to nonperishable food items. There are socks, hats, gloves, deodorant, and all sorts of stuff.”

Perry, a freshman at Dimond High School, was presented the award by Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan on Friday, November 1, near her first Blessing Box at Mears Middle School.

“Ashley is a great kid,” said Sen. Sullivan. “She is a young leader and somebody I think inspires others.”

Sullivan said when he heard about the award, he wanted to be involved in presenting it to her.

“These are very competitive awards and to have a young Alaskan leader be able to get that award. We wanted to be sure that we were here to celebrate, and she's doing good work, she's doing really good work and we expect to hear more from her,” he said.

Ashley is no stranger to accolades. She was one of two honorees for the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. She was instrumental in getting a proclamation signed to have Turner Syndrome added to Rare Disease Day and declare February as Turner Syndrome Awareness month and she has had multiple news stories done for her work with both the blessing boxes and the Animal Shelter Reading Program.

Still, getting the Points of Light Award is great she said. It is a national award and means a lot. “I was really excited, and after researching the award and seeing that a lot of big names have received it, I got even more excited. It’s pretty cool.”

The Daily Points of Light Award was created by President George Bush in 1989 to recognize ordinary Americans from all walks of life taking direct and consequential voluntary action in their communities to solve serious social problems.