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State Honoree

John Bollhardt


John Bollhardt, 13, of Mount Anthony Union Middle School in Bennington, Vermont, coordinated a clothing drive to help purchase textbooks for his school. After writing an essay about recycling used clothing, John thought it would be a good idea to raise money for school books. He rallied his school principal and fellow classmates for support, arranged for a recycling company to purchase the used clothing, advertised the clothing drive, and mobilized volunteers to help collect the donations. Close to 5,000 pounds of used clothes were collected, which resulted in nearly $400 to benefit the school's text book needs. "The school not only benefited from the money, but also felt a sense of pride in our teamwork," said John.