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NO. R-227. JOINT RESOLUTION CELEBRATING UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT (UVM) STUDENTS VOLUNTEERING IN THE COMMUNITY.

(J.R.H. 185)

Offered by: Representatives Heath of Westford, Hummel of Underhill, Kehler of Pomfret, Krasnow of Charlotte, Metzger of Milton, Parizo of Essex, Severance of Colchester and Westman of Cambridge.

Whereas, many UVM students are much appreciated community volunteers, and

Whereas, for example, UVM Rescue is a student-operated rescue service that provides 24 hour-a-day, 365 days-a-year first-call rescue service to South Burlington and backup service to other municipalities, and last year responded to approximately 2,300 calls, and

Whereas, 250 UVM students donated over 1,000 volunteer hours in the 1999 Vermont Youth Corps Servathon, which benefited over 60 local nonprofit organizations and gathered 2,100 pounds of food for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, and

Whereas, UVM's Athletic Department, in conjunction with the South Burlington Recreation and Police Departments, for the 12th consecutive year, sponsored its award-winning "Kids and Kops" program which organizes a sports clinic with UVM coaches and athletes for children in grades 2 through 8 to encourage youngsters to engage in enjoyable and healthy alternatives to drug and alcohol abuse, and

Whereas, each day, UVM student teachers are instructing local elementary and secondary school students in specific subjects, and are assisting with outstanding educational programs, including "America Reads" and "America Counts," and

Whereas, aside from the formal teacher training curriculum, a significant number of UVM students volunteer in the community as reading and mathematics tutors, and

Whereas, Volunteers in Action, a collective of 15 individual community service student organizations, is an exemplary endeavor that annually sends over 250 students into the community to pitch in at diverse local programs, including Big Buddies, the Prison Project, and the Food Salvage Program, and

Whereas, this year, the Service Learning Internship Program has placed 51 students in community internships that total over 10,500 hours, and whose monetary value exceeds $115,000.00, and

Whereas, through the financial support of the General Assembly, the 1999 UVM Community Service Award program awarded 34 deserving Vermont high school students partial four-year scholarships in recognition of their demonstrated commitment to community and public service, and

Whereas, these activities are merely a snapshot of the numerous ways that UVM students volunteer their time and effort to worthy community programs that enrich and brighten the lives of many Vermonters, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is proud to recognize the many UVM students who have conscientiously and enthusiastically exhibited an admirable civic spirit that helps to makes our Vermont communities better places to live, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to UVM President Judith Ramaley and the Student Government Association.