August 1, 2021

Heard student receives NSDAR Award for Community Service Project

Pictured above is Ava Childers (front) along with (L-R): Heard County Commission Chairman Lee Boone, Regent Pamela Lyle, James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR, and 
Heard County Extension Coordinator Dinah Rowe (Photo: Debbie O’Neal)

(Franklin, GA) — Ava Childers was recognized and honored for her conservation project at the recent Heard County Commission’s Meeting, held on Tuesday, June 22.

Dinah Rowe, Heard County Extension Coordinator, and Pamela Lyle, Regent, James Stewart Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, worked together to share details of Ava’s outstanding project and to recognize her achievement with the DAR Youth Citizenship Award.

“Ava wanted to make a difference in her community so that’s exactly what she set out to do. She and her mother applied for and received a grant to fund a project to pick up trash in the county. They contact me because they needed an organization, such as 4-H, to sponsor them. I contacted the school, talked to Ava’s teachers and principal to let them know what Ava had done and that we needed folks to come out and support her endeavor,” said Rowe.

“On the day of the event, Ava had over 30 volunteers, 4 deputies in patrol cars, and Commissioner Lee Boone. In about an hour and a half, we collected approximately 250 pounds of trash off our roads. This was a great example of what can be achieved when the community pulls together all because of a child.”

The DAR Youth Citizenship Award has existed since 1933 with the goal of recognizing young people that make an impact in our communities and exhibit the qualities of a good citizen.

The award lists these qualities as honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism.

Regent Lyle stated, “That there is no doubt that Ava embodies all of these qualities. Up until this evening, Heard County’s Youth Citizenship recipients were chosen by school personnel throughout the county but this award was awarded by the members for activities outside the schools. Ava is the youngest recipient of this award in Heard County.”

Regent Lyle shared that the chapter members were looking forward to Ava turning 18 years old so that she can join the NSDAR and possibly chair their Conservation Committee.

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