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Sanibel students recognized for work outside the classroom

By Staff | Apr 15, 2015

Carson Towle (left), Sanibel School principal Barbara Von Harten and Mya Wesley. The students will recognized April 30 at the Dunes Resort. CRAIG GARRETT

Two Sanibel School students will receive awards and cash prizes for contributions outside their comfort zones.

Carson Towle and Mya Wesley will receive the first-ever Humanitarian of the Year awards for volunteering in the community, work the middle schoolers documented in winning essays. The pair will be awarded cash prizes totaling $250. They keep $150, donate the balance to the charity of their choice.

The Sanibel Captiva Trust Co. is sponsoring the first-ever award. Sanibel School middle school students at the start of the school year were given the opportunity to participate.

“The winners,” San-Cap Trust Co. vice president Steve Greenstein said, “make their communities a better place. And we are very pleased to recognize their efforts.”

Carson Towle, an eighth-grader, said he was excited to be recognized for his volunteer work with FISH of Sanibel-Captiva. Mya Wesley said her folks were proud of her efforts in the community, her volunteer work with the Sanibel Shell Festival.

Carson in his essay, which was judged by a panel of island parents, said: “Humanitarians are people who want to help and make a differenceI even volunteered when I didn’t have to, and when I was young and immature.”

Mya wrote: “I know that I am very lucky to have this opportunity for my school, and I hope that future kids will feel the same way.”