Sunday, October 06, 2002

Teen volunteer to meet Bush

By Michael Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Walnut Hills High School senior, who helps tutor younger students among her many volunteer efforts, has been invited to meet President George W. Bush during his visit to Cincinnati Monday.

        Sarah Reilly, a 17-year-old Monfort Heights resident, doesn't know how Mr. Bush's administrative aides heard about her volunteer work and said she was shocked Friday when she received her telephoned invitation to meet with the president.

        Details are still being worked out but Sarah, who tutors children through the Home Work Club at the Washington United Church of Christ in Camp Washington, was told she may meet with the commander-in-chief aboard Air Force One after the plane lands.

        “This is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me,” said Sarah, who plays flute and piccolo for the school band, and is president of the school's culinary club while maintaining a 3.75 grade point average.

        The tutoring is arranged through the Americorps volunteer program, which White House aides told Sarah is a favorite organization of the president.

        “Bush is a really big supporter of voluntarism. I think I'm going to talk to him about it,” she said.

        Besides her work for Americorps, Sarah is a member of the Walnut Hills High School's Community Action Team, which raises money for social service agencies through bake sales and other fund-raising projects.

        During the summer she lent her efforts to a concession stand at Cinergy Field during Reds games, with profits going to local community agencies.


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