V. Chaitanya of class XII D was honoured as country’s top youth volunteer during the 24th annual presentation of the U.S. Prudential Spirit of Community Awards gala on 05 May 2019. V.Chaitanya was presented with special commemorative trophy by Prudential financial chairman and CEO Charles Lowrey during the evening event. She was named  top youth volunteer by India's Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards program in April. She received awards including an all-expense-paid trip to this week’s special recognition events in Washington, D.C.

Chaitanya started “Project Drishti,” an initiative to help students with visual impairments in inclusive classrooms to reach their full potential. Her goal is to provide them accessible books, educational tools, kits and devices so they can have an equally enriching classroom experience as their peers. 

A key component of “Project Drishti” is the digitization of books for people with visual impairments. She partnered with a local nonprofit organization, Saksham, where individuals are paid to digitize school books.

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