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Student receives recognition

SHELBURNE Lyndon State College student Jillian Hall was honored on Friday, Jan. 19 as the recipient of the 2006 Vermont Student Citizen Award. The ceremony held at The Vermont Teddy Bear Company included members of Halls family and friends, as well as representatives from Lyndon State College and the Vermont Teddy Bear Company. The award, presented annually by Vermont Teddy Bear, recognizes exceptional volunteer efforts from college seniors across the state. Halls proactive approach to volunteerism set her apart from the six award finalists. Hall, a Stockbridge, MA native, was recognized for her involvement with Lyndon States campus volunteer organization A Society of Students in Service Together (A.S.S.I.S.T.). Her distinctive ability to assess her communitys needs in cooperation with her involvement in A.S.S.I.S.T enabled her to organize a variety of commendable service projects including picking up trash, giving parents a night off, spring cleaning at a local rehabilitation center, running bingo games, and preparing and serving food. Hall also volunteers with the America Reads program to promote reading for pre-K and kindergarten students. It is a great honor to be able to help my community, I find great joy in sharing my passion for community service with others, Hall stated in her acceptance speech. It is extremely rewarding to see how appreciative people are of even the smallest efforts to help. I have found that something as simple as reading mail to nursing home residents who have trouble seeing can make a difference in their day. The award carries a reward of $1,000 to the student, a corporate gift of $1,000 to the non-profit organization where the student serves, and a $1,000 gift to the institution the student attends. Hall chose to split the cash donation between two non-profit organizations, providing both America Reads and the Lyndonville Area Food Shelf with $500. Since we started this award six years ago, I have noticed a shift towards the students not only volunteering their valuable time, but also recognizing a need in their community and setting out to address it, said Elisabeth Robert, Vermont Teddy Bear president and CEO. Jillian Hall not only sought out a volunteer opportunity at her school but also examined her resources and how they could be best allocated to better the community in which she lived. Hall plans to graduate in the spring of 2007 with a degree in meteorology and applied math.

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