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WSIU holds ‘Neighborly Award’ reception

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Those making a positive change in the region were recognized for their hard work Sunday afternoon.

WSIU held its first 'One Region, All Neighbors - Neighborly Award' reception on campus Sunday.

Recipients are selected based off acts of kindness, compassion, community involvement, and public services.

Dozens of individuals, businesses, and groups were selected as winners.

Winners included Tom Harness, a Caterville Alderman, and Karine Neill - who was nominated as a good neighbor.

Members of the Carterville High School Interact Club, who were also winners, say that helping others is just part of their mission.

"Just seeing how the club has grown over the past four years, I think that at Carterville High School, we're good models for students of Carterville High School - [showing] how to reach out and what community service means. We came to a meeting one day, and our sponsor Mrs. Martin said we won this award, and I said, 'Oh, that's cool.'" says Julia Stroud, Interact Club Organizer.

Organizers of the Good Neighbors award say the program is their way of honoring Fred Rogers' lasting legacy of caring for children and families.

His award-winning program, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, inspired countless people across the nation.

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