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Youngster Gets Education in Charity Work

Posted December 11, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— An 8-year-old Johnston County girl has received an award usually only granted to adults. Taylor Harris and her Mother Susan are among those who're being honored with the Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service this year.

Their service with Meals on Wheels comes from the heart, but it's also part of Taylor's education.

Susan Harris teaches her daughter Taylor at home, though some of her education takes place on the road. Once a week, teacher and student volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

An attitude of community service, along with their diligence, earned them the honor this month from Governor Jim Hunt.

Taylor says the work with Meals on Wheels is her favorite part of the school week.

Though it's a part of her schooling, Taylor says she doesn't do it for a grade. She does it to help others.

One thing both have learned is that more people need to include volunteer service as part of their education in life.

Taylor says she feels like what she does is what her religion tells her to do.

Though it's easier with their homeschool schedule to do volunteer work, Susan Harris says most traditional schools make accomodations for children to do volunteer work with their parents.

Reporter/Photographer:Rick Armstrong