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Elliott Wright '04 Receives Student Heart and Soul Award

Story posted March 31, 2004

Elliott Wright, a member of the Bowdoin Class of '04, is one of six Maine college students to receive the Maine Campus Compact's 2004 Student Heart and Soul Award.

Wright and his fellow honorees received their awards as part of a daylong showcase of Maine's college students' civic engagement at the Maine State House Hall of Flags Tuesday, April 13.

The students were selected on the basis of outstanding contributions in community service, service learning, and/or activism.

Wright, from Kings Mountain, North Carolina, has used his passion for the environment to serve both locally and globally. He raised over $1,200, which he used to build a library for a school in Ladakh, India. He also spent the summer teaching science and English to the children in Ladakh.

Wright continues to use his teaching experiences back in Brunswick as a teaching fellow at the Longfellow Elementary School, where he created a curriculum for environmental education for the first grade classrooms.

Maine Campus Compact (MCC) is a coalition of 19 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. To support this civic mission, Campus Compact promotes community service that develops students' citizenship skills and values, encourages partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research.

MCC's Student Heart and Soul Award is presented annually to undergraduates who show evidence of a depth and breadth of service, service learning, activism, and/or political involvement. These students have shown leadership and innovative approaches to the work they do, and have achieved significant results through their involvement.

Other 2004 student honorees are Mary Cameron of Bangor, University of Southern Maine; Matt Crellin of Scarborough, Saint Joseph's College; Casey Harris of Bangor, University of Maine-Augusta (Bangor campus); Meghan Thornton of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Bates College; and Laurie Tranten of Kingfield, University of Maine-Farmington.

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