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May 07

Spirit Award Q2 Student Winner: Henry Freeman

Posted on May 7, 2018 at 3:35 PM by Melissa Reeves

Henry Freeman

Note: This article is part of the Spring/Summer 2018 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

Spirit Award Q2 Student Winner: Henry Freeman

Henry Freeman is an 8-year-old resident who is passionate about volunteering. He is also the youngest student recipient of the Springdale Spirit Award.

He was chosen by Mayor Sprouse after receiving a glowing recommendation from Judy Costello, Education Manager with the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.

You may recognize Henry from the museum, or you may see Henry, his mother, and his brother, Oliver, around town in historical clothing. Abigail is a costume designer and they are sometimes extras in historical shows and movies.

Henry has been volunteering with the museum for two years.

"Two years ago, Henry volunteered at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History's (SMOH) Annual Cabin Fever Reliever/Collectors Day event by displaying one of his many collections," wrote Costello. "This event can be tiring for adults setting up and then sharing their display with a couple of hundred visitors. Henry enthusiastically shared with visitors, had energy to spare after packing up his own collection at the end of the day, and insisted on helping museum staff to stack chairs, move tables, and clean up. With this, a volunteer was born!"

He began volunteering for educational programs at the museum in September 2017. He lends a hand with a variety of educational activities, such as helping student learn how to use the spinning wheel.

 "Since beginning to volunteer, Henry has logged over 70 [volunteer] hours, has a calendar to keep track of dates he commits to volunteering, and is always asking 'Is there anything else I can do to help?'," wrote Costello.

Henry has made quite a name for himself. This past Christmas, he helped with the Log Cabin Christmas program and memorized "The Night Before Christmas" story by Clement C. Moore. A local television station recorded his reading of the classic poem in the museum's log cabin for the purpose of promoting local history and activities. 

He was also recently interviewed by a local kid's magazine and he had a chance to talk about why he loves coming to the museum.

Henry has such a great time at the museum, that when asked what his favorite part of volunteering was, he said "I like all of it!"

"He loves to help, he's a really good helper," said his mother, Abigail Freeman. "He's a really good problem-solver. If I ever have something I can't figure out, he's really good at figuring those things out. Mostly, he usually has a really good attitude about everything. He loves showing people things. That's why he likes to volunteer; he gets to demonstrate things for other kids."

Henry is a hard worker, and we appreciate him taking his time to help other young people in the community, and lending his talents to the Shiloh Museum.

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