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|Jack Larson Gets State Award
|A Galesburg treasure has received yet another award for the work he's done with the community.
Longtime local radio personality Jack Larson is being awarded the Governor's Volunteer Service Award. Larson was nominated by the Galesburg School District for the work he's done with District-205 raising funds to provide band instruments and shoes to economically-disadvantaged students.
District Human Resources Director Diane Van Hootegem wrote the nomination, and tells WGIL nominating Jack was a no-brainer.
"I actually received information from the State (School) Superintendent's Office in Springfield in regards to...the volunteer awards that are available; we received that, probably, about four weeks ago," Van Hootegem said, "and immediately thought of Jack because it was talking about community service in the education realm. It was talking about good deeds for students. Certainly, my work with Jack has been fruitful in helping students in a number of fronts."
Van Hootegem says Larson's fundraising efforts either through his radio show or otherwise purchased 300 of shoes just this school year for District-205 students. Over the years, she says, as many as 300 students have been helped by the purchase of 50 different band instruments.
Larson will be honored during a luncheon Monday at the Governor's Mansion in Springfield. His son John and granddaughter Kelsey will accept the award on his behalf.
(Jack Larson, back, poses with children he's helped through his yearly big band shows, the proceeds of which have bought band instruments for Galesburg Students. Photo courtesy Knox College, where Larson is an alumnus.)
|04 09 10 by Newsroom
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