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Student Volunteer Honored by Kohl's Cares Explains Benefits of Serving Others

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 They may be young but students who volunteer can make an impact on their schools and community.

     Right now the Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program is seeking nominations for area students who make a difference.

     Last year's regional honoree goes to Carthage junior high school.

Hadley Hicklin tackles science with other 7th graders now but something she did for two years in 5th and 6th grade got the attention of the Kohl's cares scholarship program.

Hadley says, "There was a little girl in my class for one year that had muscular  dystrophy.  I really liked helping her.   I would get her lunch for her and stuff. And I didn't really feel like it  was community service  cause she was more of a friend to me I thought  than  anything.   I didn't get to be in her class last year but I still helped her out and I've really had a tight relationship with her now.  So I'm really glad I did it."

Counselors told her Mom who nominated Hadley for the scholarship program with Kohl's. She didn't win the biggest prize but her leadership class teacher says Hadley is a success at school by setting a great example.

Tiffiny Stringer says, "She stepped  up in a role model position and another student will see that she was helping her out and getting accolades for doing  so. And they'll say hey I want to be helpful ."

School counselors say students like Hadley have an impact on the entire student body.

Counselor Gina Robbins says, " This is a school of seven hundred and nine  students,  so there's  a lot of folks to help. And if you know there's a Hadley out there  you can  count on to be there for you, in whatever capacity,  she's that person."

Middle school counselors had  told Hadley's mom that her daughter  wasn't obligated to keep helping Shelby.

But Hadley's mom says, "She said no mom that's the right thing to do. If someone has a need, you need to help them with that. 

I'm very proud of her  for doing that because we've always taught our kids to love others  and look for opportunities to do that."


Hadley also volunteers with her leadership class at the Carthage police departments Christmas party for kids and at a preschool mentoring younger students. 
It's  something school officials and Hadley say  can be rewarding.

 Stringer says, "One of the things kids get out of community service and serving others is a higher self-confidence  and ha higher self-esteem. They begin to see they have value  and that they have things to give."

And Hadley adds, "Helping is important because we're the next generation.  You know if we don't help out, we're not gonna make the world a better place."

     The "Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program" is accepting nominations now through March 13th.

    Four hundred thousand dollars is distributed between the winners. For more information click here.

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