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Tower Hill Jefferson Award Winners

Posted by on October 26th, 2017

Tower Hill School in Wilmington, DE recently awarded Jefferson Awards for September and October to celebrate outstanding commitment to public service!  Are you involved in Students In Action and haven’t shared your stories with us yet?  We want to hear about them!  Please email Michele ( or Mallory (


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Tower Hill School’s September Jefferson Award Student in Action recipient has volunteered over 100 hours in the 4H therapeutic riding program for disabled children. Therapeutic riding programs, also known as hippotherapy, use the movement of horses as part of a treatment plan to help children increase balance, core stability, joint mobility and coordination.

Kyra Caffrey noted that most of the children will never be able to care for themselves as adults, but she was able to make their lives better by helping them to experience things outside of doctor and therapist offices, and it gave the children something to look forward to every week. The children formed strong bonds with the horses that they rode and the children showed noticeable improved throughout the time she volunteered.

Congratulations Kyra Caffrey!

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October’s Jefferson Awards Student in Action recipient volunteered over 250 hours which met the criteria for this award as well as the 2015 President’s Volunteer Service Award-Gold Level.

Katie Harris traveled to Thailand by herself to volunteer for Lifeworks International. She worked 10 hours a day and spent time helping to paint a school and taught the children English planted mangroves, rice and because of the high incidence of fires in poverty areas, she also taught fire safety.

Katie’s supervisors say that “she enjoyed seeing her interact with the kids and that Katie took the time to get to know them, showing what a compassionate and caring person she is. And, that she was one of the most adventurous people she’s met.

Congratulations, Katie Harris!

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