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Volunteers honored by L.A.C.E.

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Students, church recognized

By Ron Benningfield

Each year the LaRue County Literacy Adult Community Education Council recognizes those who have generously and unselfishly given to our community. 

Michael Huff received the Youth Volunteer Service Award for accumulating the most volunteer service hours through the LCHS Community Volunteer Service Club. 

Huff, who will be a senior this year, has been volunteering since elementary school. Over the past three years, he has logged over 150 volunteer hours. 

He is president of the LCHS CVS, a student representative for the L.A.C.E. council, a member of the LCHS Leadership team, a student representative for LaRue County Main Street Association, and a chairperson for the LCHS Decreasing Destructive Decisions Club.

“Michael has the unique skills and personality needed to work well with a variety of age groups and people,” said Marsha Duncan, youth service center coordinator and CVS adviser.

Huff and Shelby Rogers, who’ll be a senior at LCHS when classes resume, also were recognized for their dedication and service as youth representatives on the L.A.C.E. Council. 

Hodgenville First Baptist Church received the Judy Cox Community Spirit Award for showing enthusiasm and a desire to make our community a better place through service demonstrating a true servant’s heart.  

Among the activities the church initiated were a coat/sweatshirt project in the winter, back-to-school supplies drive in the fall, a backpack program and providing sites for the local soccer league and LaRue County cross country team.

“We were humbled at the recognition because we felt what we had done was just a community mission project,” said Dale Morris, FBC deacon and LaRue County attorney. “We had not even thought of receiving public recognition for it.”

The church supplied more than 100 students with sweatshirts, hoodies, coats, backpacks and school supplies. They provided space for two soccer practice fields and a cross country course for LaRue County High School. They also allowed the high school chorus and band to perform spring and winter concerts there.      

The Community Education Service Award, given for dedicated service in educating our community, went to the LaRue County Public Library. Niki Carter, library director, accepted the award.

“The great staff at the library makes my job easy as they are passionate about their work and serving the community,” said Carter.    

“All recipients received a plaque for being positive role models, demonstrating a commitment for service and showing tireless effort and hard work in helping make the community a better place to live,” said Vicki Devers, director of  community education who coordinated the program at a L.A.C.E. Council meeting June 1 at Hometown Pizza.