Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Tara Matthiesen, a 15-year-old ninth grader at Kimball Area High School, was honored at the Minnesota Community Education Association State Conference in Duluth on Oct. 2. She received the Youth Contribution Award, given to a youth that has contributed to her community through leadership, community service and action. Tara has proven to be an outstanding example in our community and school. Her commitment to the Girls Scouts, her church, and to Kimball Community Education youth service club, Building Leadership Together, BLT, along with her accomplishments in the classroom, Tara is a shining example to her peers. Tara has been involved with volunteerism since she was very young and has embraced the concept of community service. Tara has helped lead a new youth service program, co-sponsored by Fairhaven and Kimball Lions Clubs and Kimball Community Education, for grades 5-10 called The BLT Leo Club, Building Leadership
Together. In 2005, the BLT Leo Club had only six members and in two short years has grown to more than 35 active members. As president of BLT, Tara's leadership style has helped establish a strong tradition of youth making their own decisions, planning their own projects, and implementing what they have planned. Along with the BLT Club, Kimball Community Education launched a Summer of Service program in 2005 to continue service learning and leadership development outreach for grades 5-10. Tara has participated all three summers and has played a key role in developing community projects such as park beautification, community garden, and mentorship at the local senior center as well as for young Hispanic children attending a local camp. Regardless of the organizations that Tara is active in, if there is a project or organization that needs help, Tara is always willing to help. Her contributions and dedication to Girls Scouts, church and to Community Education has set a high standard for all of us. Congratulations Tara!