Teen Volunteers Make River Hill Great!

The holiday season, as we gather together with friends and family and prepare for the new year, provides an opportunity to reflect and consider what we are thankful for and express gratitude for the people who make a difference in our lives. In the Village of River Hill, we are fortunate to have many volunteers who are willing to devote their time and energy to strengthening our community. Whether it is running a stream clean-up and invasive plant pull or reviewing applications for installing a new deck or removing trees, the Association relies on volunteers to govern the organization, create relationships, and build the traditions that bind us together. Over the next several months we will recognize and thank these hard-working groups of volunteers.
Did you know that the Association has a very active, core group of teens who are essential to creating many of the traditions that the community has come enjoy? Each year the Board of Directors appoints up to two local teens to serve as Student Members. The Student Members regularly attend Board meetings and serve as a consistent liaison for the youth of the community. Yamini Ananth, a Junior at Atholton High School (AHS), and Cindy Tian, a Junior at River Hill High School (RHHS), are the current Student Members. As the Student Members they serve as chairpersons of the Association’s Teen Advisory Committee (TAC). This committee plans and implements a variety of events which provide additional opportunities for local teens to volunteer and connect with the community.
The following students are serving on the 2017-2018 TAC: Ashley Chen (RHHS), Jeffrey Du (RHHS), Toby Eegholm (RHHS), Anna Feng (AHS), Catalina Lennon (AHS), Alena Shen (RHHS), Carol Wang (AHS), and Isabelle Zhan (RHHS). You may recall seeing many of these teens, and the teen volunteers they recruited, decorating floats and marching in the Association’s Independence Day Parade, helping with the WatershedPalooza in September, staffing the crafts, games and haunted house at the Annual Haunted Hallow’s Eve event, and serving as elves at Breakfast with Santa. Through these activities, the TAC members are learning organizational and leadership skills, serving as role models for the younger members of our community, and having a good time too!
We are so grateful to have these teens, who are very committed to serving others, active with the Association. In addition to bringing fulfillment to their own lives, they are bringing joy and assistance to many. Thank you!
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