Lily Thebault Receives MSS ‘Courage to Care’ Award
Maple Street School eighth grader Lily Thebault was selected by faculty members as the recipient of the Jay Hathaway Courage to Care, which recognizes a student noted for serving the community through simple acts of kindness. It is the natural love for others and exuberant love of life, very much like the happy way that Jay Hathaway lived everyday, that inspires this award.
Lily leads by example; in her daily life, she is kind, compassionate and empathetic. She has traveled to India and Africa, broadening her understanding of the world and its people. Her three-week service trip with her mother in India was, perhaps the most profound. This affected her world perspective, and she wrote about it in a speech for the Sarnoff Speech Contest at Southern Vermont College, earning first place. She also spent time with her church group in South Dakota on an Indian reservation. Lily has served as host to the talent show, takes care of younger kids on the playground, and won the young naturalist award for her independent science project. One of her teachers said, “she has an authentic sweet smile and instinctive kindness, and she is a leader and very well deserving of this award and honor.”