Kyle Spillane recently was one of two Delawareans to receive a Prudential Spirit of Community Award, which honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.
Kyle Spillane recently was one of two Delawareans to receive a Prudential Spirit of Community Award, which honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Nominated by the Kent County 4-H, Spillane has led visitor tours and conducted educational nature activities at the DuPont Nature Center near Milford. He also has served as a host at the DNREC building during the Delaware State Fair, assisted with community activities sponsored by 4-H and helped with fundraisers at the Harrington Firehouse.
Q How did you get involved in volunteering?
A I got involved in volunteering when I went with my mother as a young child when she would volunteer at the firehouse and at the DNREC building at the Delaware State Fair. I saw the enjoyment of helping others and eventually became involved. I joined 4-H when I was 5 years old and became involved in different community activities through 4-H.
Q Why do you think it’s important for the public to be aware of fire safety and the environment?
A It is important to know what to do in case of a fire or how to prevent fires in your community. It is also very important to learn how to help save and protect the environment as it can affect everyone in today’s society, as well as the future.
Q How did you learn so much about the DuPont Nature Center and the Department of Natural Resources that you could be a tour group leader?
A I learned so much about the DuPont Nature Center and the Department of Natural Resources because my mother works at DNREC. When the manager of the DuPont Nature Center, Dawn Webb, was looking for volunteers to help at the center, I was eager to help out because of my love for animals and my interest in environmental issues. I am more than happy to pass on my knowledge to visitors that come to the center and when I help out at the DNREC building at the Delaware State Fair.
Q What do you plan to do after high school? What type of career would you like to pursue?
A After high school I plan to go to college to study economics and while there I hope to be recognized by MLB scouts. I would love to be a pro baseball player, but if not I would like to become a financial aide.
MORE ABOUT SPILLANE
FAMILY Mother, Brenda DeLong
EDUCATION Seventh grader at W.T. Chipman Middle School, Class of 2018
FAVORITE MOVIE “Grown Ups”
HOBBIES Baseball and collecting sports memorabilia