An idea that came about to help a grieving grandfather has expanded to help many more senior citizens. Eleven-year-old Preston Horton formed “Joyful Melodies” with his younger siblings in 2018 to bring music to older people in need of company. When COVID-19 restrictions forced Preston to revamp that work, he moved performances outdoors and performed for smaller, socially distanced audiences.
For his exemplary volunteer work, the sixth grader at Copper Mill Elementary School in Zachary has been named Louisiana’s top middle-level youth volunteer by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, an honor that includes a $2,500 scholarship and a silver medallion.
Preston is no stranger to volunteering, which he started doing at his school and a local food pantry. This Easter, he provided 70 baskets for residents at a local nursing home and created a virtual concert for them to enjoy.
“I’m an average kid who enjoys helping others,” Preston says. “My faith in God and the principles I’ve learned from my church motivate me to serve.”
The entire Horton family is musical, including parents Marvin and Precious, and siblings, Joie, Marlon, Presley and Princeton.
Mrs. Horton says Preston is mature, selfless and giving. “He’s the type of child that steps in wherever someone needs a helping hand,” she says. “Most people can’t really believe he’s only 11. His ideas are far beyond him.”
With his service-oriented heart, Preston is certainly one amazing kid.