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Gigi Ekstrom
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Lakehill has a long tradition of community service with students who give generously of their time and talents to make an impact on their communities. Senior Charlie Pippen has been involved since the sixth grade in organizing, collecting, and distributing donations of books, clothing, and supplies to the Kayengona School in a rural community in Namibia. He spent two weeks there this summer, delivering more items and teaching eight classes a day in the school. As a result, he learned a great deal about the dreams and struggles of boys and girls his age in much less fortunate circumstances.

He says his experience has been eye opening. "I have realized that there is so much we can do to make a difference, and so many ways we can connect with others," he said. "I remember sitting after school one day with a group of students. One of them was holding a copy of his favorite book, The Pearl. My name was written at the top--it was my copy from eighth grade, donated years before. It really brought the connection home for me."
 
The awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honor outstanding community service by students in grades five through 12 at the local, state, and national level.
 
"By shining a spotlight on their service, we hope that more young people will be inspired to serve their communities and make a difference to the people around them," said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld.
 
Lakehill Headmaster Roger L. Perry praised Pippen for his volunteer service. "Charlie has dedicated himself to this project throughout his middle and high school career. He sets a wonderful example of philanthropy and dedication that we hope others will follow.
 
 

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