April 27, 2012 10:40AM
Lemont High School senior Autumn Karmia (left) was named the Will County Forest Preserve District's 2011 Youth Volunteer of the Year.
Updated: May 30, 2012 8:03AM
Teen named volunteer of the year
LEMONT — Lemont High School senior Autumn Karmia was named the 2011 Youth Volunteer of the Year by the Forest Preserve District of Will County.
Karmia was presented with her award at the organization’s annual volunteer banquet April 13.
An honor roll student, she is the third Lemont student to earn the award, which is presented to individuals 19 or younger who distinguish themselves to the organization’s staff.
Lemont High School was recognized for contributing the most volunteer hours in the area of Operations in 2011.
Essays on moms awarded
NEW LENOX — The New Lenox Park District, together with the winning entries to be printed in the New Lenox Patriot, presented a Greatest Mom essay contest. Winners were invited to the April 18 park board meeting to read their essays aloud. First-place winners received a framed copy of their essay along with a gift card.
Winners included Mitchell DeGroot, Emma Rauch, Kylee Rinke, Vanessa Turner and Nora Czupek.
St. Jude helps fight world hunger
NEW LENOX — The Catholic community of St. Jude completed its annual Lenten Project.
This year it chose to work with Foods Resource Bank in conjunction with Catholic Relief Services.
Lenten donations are being applied to two agricultural programs in Mali and Malawi in Africa.
The bank’s programs all focus on agriculture because improving agriculture is one of the most effective long-term solutions to world hunger.
St. Jude raised $18,545 for the Mali and Malawi programs; this includes $1,450 raised by St. Jude School students. Catholic Relief Services is the lead organization for both the Mali and Malawi programs.