The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 22, 2001 · Page 68
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Ma «if A Difference *»^r>ayAwaras Local heroes Are your neighbors listed annong these special awards for helping others last Oct. 28? Iowa $2,000 state awards Iowa City. In an all-out effort by 4,600 Johnson County students to stock the Crisis Center Food Bank, 19 tons of food were collected. Students from the county's 7 high schools motivated others to pai-ticipate, including middle and elementary school students, community members and AmeriCorps'VISTA volunteers, by stining up friendly inter-school competitions. The teens successfully defeated the food bank's previous collection record of 6 tons. Rake. For 22 yeai-s, this to\vn of 238 used an old school building as a librai-y. But the facility was expensive to operate and the city sold it in 1999. Rather than turn in their library cards, town residents banded together to raise money for a new library. A run-down building on Main Street was donated, and residents spent a year raising $59,000 to fix it up. In only 3 hours on Oct. 28, moWng day, 5,000 books were moved using cars, ti'ueks and a "book brigade." Newspaper awards Clinton Herald. Pulling little red wagons and wa\'ing magic wands, 11 kindergai'tners from Daisy Gii-l Scout Troop No. 84 in Bellewe went door to door collecting canned goods for the Bellevue Bread Basket. Their haul: 7 wagon- loads. (Council Bluffs) Dally Nonpareil. The Council Bluffs Jaycees brought togethei- 15 agencies for a Child Safety Fau- at a mall. 25 volunteers from the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, police and fii-e depaitments and others distributed information on child safety and handed out 300 chUd-identi- fication kits. A child's car-seat checkpoint revealed 71 improperly installed seats; 40 were replaced for being faulty or recalled. Des Moines Sunday Register. The 40- member Prairie City Champions 4-H Club canvassed the cit}' of 1,500, and many homes in the out- Ijing rui-al area, to collect 1,000 non-perishables and S35 for a food pantry. (Dubuque) Telegraph Herald. 250 Girl Scouts, ti'oop leaders and volunteers created 100 fabric bags, then filled them with donated toiletries for delivery to 3 homeless shelters and domestic abuse progi-ams. Iowa City Press-Citizen. Richard Campagna, whose son, Robert, plays on the football team of LawTence University, organized a cash and sig- natm-e diive against hunger duiing the school's Oct. 28 game against Monmouth College. $675 12 USA WEEKEND-April 20-22,2001 These HONOREES in your region receive: • $2,000 awards from WAL-MART to continue their good work (two awards per state). • 529 newspaper awards, each selected by USA WEEKEND for its carrier newspaper. For a complete list of honorees, go to mal<eadifferenceday.com. Or request a list by writing to: All Awards, USA WEEKEND, 1000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. 22229. was sent to the Feinstein Foundation, a Rhode Island-based international charitable organization. Kansas $2,000 state awards Hesston. A couple who built a new laundromat in this tovm 3 years after the pre\'ious one was flattened by a tornado coordinated a coat drive dubbed "the Coat of Many Colors" at 3 laundi-y facilities they own, collecting and cleaning 500 for the needy. It's the third yeai* Sandy and Ken Welsh have gone the exti-a mile; they also try to keep all 3 laundromats stocked with a resei-ve of coats for customei-s in need. Ottawa. Residents of this praiiie city doubled their Make A Difference Day efforts this year, bringing in middle and high school students to help with 8 community projects. In 1999, 78 volunteers propelled by the non-profit East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corp., logged 150 hours planting 58 trees. 'This year, the number of volunteers skjTocketed to 175, and volunteer hours topped out at 550. Students removed weeds and painted street mai-kers along 18 city blocks, painted bleachers and dugouts. Rachele Davis, 16, spent three hours repainting letters on a 1906 DAR marker at the intersection of the Oregon and Santa Fe trails, "because the words were unreadable at any distance,"she says. raised $350 for chaiity, collected 125 pounds of food, donated time at a senior center and stocked a food pantry, collected trash and assembled activity bags for Head Stmt students. Newspaper awards Hays Daily News. 130 Fort Hays State University and community volunteers ventured to Nicodemus, a town touted as the only 1800s African-American settlement west of the Mississippi River. Its 27 residents, ages 68 and up, have no trash service or street-repaii' help. Several homeowners were unable to look out their windows because of overgi-owth. Job Corps volunteers built covers for open wells and cisterns, while othei-s hauled away 2,000 60-gallon bags full of ti-ash and old appliances, repaii-ed a playgi-ound and hacked back weeds on lawns and streets. Hutchinson News. In a first-time effort, 11 "Caiing & Shaiing Grandparents" of Hutchinson ti-eated 102 boys in 4 gi-oup homes in Salina and Ellsworth to bags of goodies: homemade cookies, candy, boai-d games, books, spoi-ts balls, di-awing pads, mai-kers, colored pencils and pens. Kansas City Kansan. 50 Kansas City Kansas Community College students joined 15 senior citizens from North American Croatian Relief in boxing and loading 3 semi-trailei-s with medical supplies and non-perishables — 290,000 pounds' worth — for a non-profit that aids Craatian refugees. The donation benefited 300 children at 2 oiphanages and 600 at 2 refugee camps in Kai-lovac. Lawrence Journai-World. 97 Countiy radio's "Mid-Day Mom," Patti Cheek, coaxed 300 listeners to donate $5,000 worth of clothing, a yeai''s supply of detergent and cleaning supplies, $1,000 in diapers, a 6-month supply of baby wipes and a computer for the YWCA battered women's shelter in Topeka. With their new clothes, many of the residents were able to attend church for the fii-st time in yeai-s on Oct. 29. Leavenworth Times. 20 OutFront volunteere and Wal-Mait employees staked out the Leavenworth Wal-Mart for 6 hours flagging shoppers with information on the county's only literacy center. They recruited 4 volunteers and a half- dozen enrollees. Olathe Dally News. Rachele Davis, 16, with a passion for history and muscle power from brother Ryan, 18, tended to an unkempt 1906 marker at the intersection of the pioneers' Oregon and Santa Fe ti-ails. She repainted the lettering and planted 4 blue-mist spirea bushes while Ryan dug holes and installed a cement post sign. Salina Journal. The Volunteer Connection drafted 56 residents — half of them teens — to scrape and prime the home of Margai-et Roudybush, 77, which hadn't been painted in 30 years. The crew was so efficient that before the day was tlii-ough they also had raked the whole neighborhood and cleaned out stoi-m sewers. Minnesota S2,000 state awards Brooklyn Park. CrestView Elementajy School has seen an influx of kids from Somalia, Liberia and the Southeast Asian Hmong community These childi-en have one thing in common: They have a hai-d time dealing with Minnesota's hai'sh weather, because few have appropriate winter clothing. So co-workers at Noi-thw^est Hennepin Human Ser\ices Council collected enough hats, coats, mittens and boots to completely outfit 32 children. Richfield. Each Sunday, Nicole and Nicholas Hayden, both 12, bring food for theu- church collection. The ritual prompted the 2 to think about the families — and the children — who receive the goods, and Nicole said they realized "how they must not have such gi'eat things for then- biithdays." So Nicole and Nicholas decided to put together bii-thday kits containing cake mix, fi'osting, pai-ty hats and party favors to make the children feel special. By pooling their babysitting money, the pah- put together 25 bags — some of which contained special mixes for diabetic childi-en. They delivered the bags to the food pj'O- gram manager at Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People in Bloomington. Newspaper awards (Hibbing) Dally Tribune. 100 high-schoolers, steered by SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving), made "table tents" bearing reminders for imbibers to use designated diivei-s, ta.xis or rides with fiiends. Then a dozen students went into 16 drinking estabUshments and distributed safety reminders with the cooperation of the owners of

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