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 In honor of the 25th National MLK Day of Service, The Center for Energy Education held its Annual Community Service Award Program last week.

The Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. event recognized members of the community who have gone above and beyond in acts of community service. 

This year’s awards were presented to Barry and Lane Elkin, Maggie Boone, Taffy Watson, Darnise Daniel, Brenda Few, and Etheleen Moody.

During the program, musical selections were performed by KIPP Halifax Primary second grade students, and Miles Brown and David Faulcon.

Rev. Joseph Malcolm “Sonny” Browne III, rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, gave the invocation.

Oshe` Pittman, a teacher at Warsaw Elementary School, recited King’s I Have A Dream speech. Monica Smith-Woofter — C4EE board member — served as the Master of Ceremony.

Community leaders were invited to share their perspectives on community service. 

Among those who shared were Eric Cunningham, superintendent of Halifax County Schools; Will Mahone, president of Vidant North Hospital; Mr. Levi Scott, teacher at Conway Middle School; Ben White, general manager of WestRock; and Rev. Charles McCollum, pastor of Oak Grove and Piney Grove Missionary Baptist churches.

In the gallery

Photo 1: Pierce and Scott present awards to the Elkins.

Photo 2: Pierce and Scott present awards to Few, Darnise Daniel, Maggie Boone, Taffy Watson, and Moody, who is not pictured.

James Pierce, vice chairman of C4EE board, and J. Michael Scott, C4EE board member, presented an award to Barry and Lane Elkin for their dedication to assisting in the education and the limitation of fossil fuel emissions. 

The couple often volunteers to display their collection of electric vehicles at local educational events for the C4EE.

Pierce and Scott also presented an award to Maggie Boone, Taffy Watson, Darnise Daniel, Brenda Few, and Etheleen Moody for their faithful willingness to volunteer at public events and ensure that they run smoothly from start to finish. These ladies operate as greeters, tour guides, servers, promoters, and members of the clean-up crew.

“The C4EE is a small nonprofit office of five employees. If it were not for help from volunteers, major events like Earth Day and SolarFEST would not be possible,” said Mozine Lowe, executive director of C4EE.