WALNUT RIDGE – Tonya Bolton was presented the Dr. W. W. Scott Award for Public Service at the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, Monday, Oct. 6.
Bolton, who is a member of Pocahontas First Baptist Church and serves as the registrar at Williams Baptist College, was honored for her work with the SHARE Team.
Led by Bolton, the SHARE Team collects food throughout Randolph and Lawrence counties to help provide much needed nourishment for children struggling through the horrors of poverty. The team collects food at local churches, businesses and organizations, then packages it in such a way that it can be slipped into the backpack of a student that desperately needs food during the weekend, when school is not in session.
Last school year, the team delivered more than 1,500 “food for a day” bags, and hundreds of packs have already been dispersed this year.
Each year the Pocahontas Rotary Club presents the Dr. W. W. Scott Award for Public Service to an individual whose service to the community stands as an example to others. The award is meant to honor those who selflessly serve, and to challenge the community to join Rotary and fulfill the organization’s motto of “Service above Self.”