Local Teens Win Violet Richardson Award

Kathryn Testut Violet Richardson Award Winner

Soroptimist International of Manassas presented two Violet Richardson Awards this past Saturday to Kathryn Testut and Kalah Harris.  The award goes to a girl between the ages of 14 and 17 who is committed to making the world a better place and has demonstrated inititive in both identifying a problem and trying to solve it.

First place winner, Kathryn Testut, volunteers at BARN and Gravely Elementary School. Her duties at BARN include childcare, assisting in children's life skills classes by teaching about bullying, preparing merchandise for the BARN's yard sales, and volunteering at Festival of Trees.

Kathryn teaches sign language at Gravely Elementary School.  She creates the lesson plans, provides instruction and evaluates the students.  At the end of her classes the students can sign the Pledge of Allegiance.  Kathryn plans a career in teaching.

Runner up, Kalah Harris, is a volunteer tutor at BARN.  She organized a Mother's Day Brunch for the women living there and arranged activities for the children so the women could have some well deserved time off.  At Christmas time Kalah holds a toy drive for the children at BARN and hosts an Ugly Sweater Christmas party to wrap the gifts. 

Congratulations to Kathryn and Kalah!  You are making a positive difference in people's lives through your volunteering.