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State Honoree

Dawn Hoffstetter

South Carolina

Dawn Hoffstetter, 14, of Lakeside Middle School in Anderson, South Carolina, inspired by a relative's disability, volunteered with a pre-school for disabled children. She spent part of her summer break assisting the teachers with various activities. Dawn, who had to learn sign language to communicate with many of the children, learned that a disability does not keep a child from playing or learning. "It’s just harder for them than for other people, and all they need is a little extra encouragement and love," Dawn said.