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Source: LeAnn Meyer, 785-532-3670,

Thursday, May 13, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Two individuals and two service organizations are being recognized with the sixth annual People in Action: Community Service Awards.

Kansas State University's K-State Volunteer Center of Manhattan has partnered with Community First National Bank, the K-State provost's office, and the K-State School of Leadership Studies to present the awards, which recognize the tradition of volunteerism at K-State and in the Manhattan community.

"Each year, many selfless individuals and organizations give of their time and talents to address critical needs in Manhattan," said Richard Weerts, student program coordinator for the K-State Volunteer Center of Manhattan. "Their efforts make a significant and lasting impact in the life of the campus and community, making them deserving of recognition for their inspirational leadership."

Each recipient receives a plaque and $500; recipients then donate the cash award to the social service agency of their choice.

The 2010 honorees and their award include:

* Taylor McLemore, K-State sophomore in elementary education, Colby, outstanding student volunteer. McLemore is being recognized for her dedication to the Hand to Hand Program at the Douglass Center, an after-school tutoring program for Manhattan area youth. She is donating her cash award to the Hand to Hand Program.

* Students for Environmental Action, outstanding student organization. The K-State organization is being recognized for its leadership in the Gameday Recycling Program, as well as assisting with different sustainability programs at K-State and in the community. The club is donating its cash award to UFM Community Learning Center.

* Pilot Club of Manhattan, outstanding community group d. The civic service club is being honored for its assistance with the Autism Spectrum Disorder workshop. The club also was recognized for its many philanthropic efforts throughout the year. The Pilot Club's cash award is being donated to the Flint Hills Summer Fun Camp.

* Thomas Anneberg, senior at Manhattan High School, outstanding youth volunteer. Anneberg is being recognized for his commitment to the Manhattan Art Center. He also is donating his cash award to the arts center.

More information on the awards and previous recipients can be found at center.