8th-grader wins service award signed by President Obama

Alessandro Rivera of Woodbridge.

Alessandro Rivera of Woodbridge.

BETHANY >> Alessandro Rivera, of Woodbridge, an eighth-grade student at Amity Middle School- Bethany Campus has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

It was signed by then-President Barack Obama.

The award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and their country.

It was granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the president.

Amity Middle School Bethany Campus nominated Alessandro for national honors last fall to recognize his volunteer service.

Alessandro has collected sneakers and toiletries for inner-city drives, donated birthday money to the St. Jude Foundation, helped organize church and town food collections for the Town Hall cupboard, participated in church clothing drives, and every summer assists with the Closer to Free Cancer bicycle ride.

He is an active member of the middle school Student Council, Leo Club, Debate Team, Yearbook Committee, News Reel Tech Crew, boys’ soccer team, track team, and is a student representative on the School Climate Committee.

He is the son of Alex and Alison Perfetto-Rivera.