While most 12-year-olds spent their afternoons riding bikes or playing "X-box", Serena Poudrier chooses to spend her free time a little differently.
Serena volunteers several days a week helping to feed the homeless at the tent city encampment in downtown Reno. She not only serves up food she also hands out necessary supplies to those in need.
Poudrier, who attends the 8th grade through the Nevada Virtual Academy, was honored as the October winner of the Jefferson Award for her outstanding community service. She says helping the homeless has taught her important lessons about focusing on others instead of herself.
"When you come down here you just think, wow, there's people that have so much stuff that's worse than yours, and you need to focus on other people and put people first."