This year it was a great honor for me to accept the Friend of Education award on behalf of the LARY (Lawrence Assistance Reaches Youth) program. The Friend of Education award is given out annually by the Appleton Education Association. This award is generally given to a person or an organization that has gone above and beyond the call of duty, while volunteering, to make a positive change in the Appleton school district.
I gave a short acceptance speech in front of all of the Appleton school district teachers and staff. Speaking in front of 1,500 people was a little bit nerve-wracking, but it was a great feeling to represent all of the dedicated Lawrence students that have chosen to be LARY buddies.
For over a decade, numerous Lawrentians have volunteered their time to make this program possible. LARY Buddies spend one hour a week with a student at Edison Elementary, acting as a mentor and a friend.
My time with my LARY buddy has been an incredible experience for me. I have learned a great deal from him, and through him have learned a lot about myself. This is a wonderful program, and is incredibly deserving of this award.