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State Honoree

Nathan Kinney

Maine

Nathan Kinney, 12, of Phillips, Maine, a seventh-grader at Phillips Elementary School, raised funds and helped construct a new roadside sign for his town. Nathan volunteered to organize the project after hearing numerous complaints about the disintegrating condition of the previous sign. “My family and friends were talking about how ugly it was,” Nathan said. “I thought that this was important because the whole town didn’t like looking at it.” After developing an action plan, Nathan solicited donations from 43 businesses in his community. Next he sought volunteers to help construct and paint a new sign, ordered and installed logo stickers to advertise community businesses, then worked with a team to install the sign along the highway into town. “It was a challenge but it is done and looks great,” he said. Nathan is now thinking about putting up another new sign at the other end of town.