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State Honoree

Daniel Tessier

Rhode Island

spearheaded a book collection drive that provided more than 500 books to disadvantaged children. Dan, who was told by many organizations he was too young to volunteer, was motivated by a newspaper ad challenging young people to collect books for the needy. He jumped at the opportunity to help, and began his project by encouraging support from his church and his Boy Scout troop. Dan designed ads and flyers to promote his collection, and decorated book drop boxes which he placed near every door of the church and at his Scout meetings. After six weeks of hard work, Dan collected more than 500 books. He then set out to clean and catalog the books before he donated them to two organizations that serve the needy. One organization, a food pantry, provides a book to every family when they pick up groceries. “I learned that this project was more work than I expected, and that it wasn’t always fun, but the results made me feel terrific,” said Dan.