Spring Hill Group Meets Jane Goodall

On Friday, Sept. 7, primatologist, environmentalist and humanitarian Jane Goodall, Ph.D., attended a private reception at the Sewell-Belmont House and Museum in Washington D.C. to visit with members of metro-area Roots & Shoots groups. A youth-driven program founded by the Jane Goodall Institute, Roots & Shoots is designed to promote respect and passion for all living things, and understanding and acceptance of all cultures and beliefs. There are Roots & Shoots groups in almost 100 different countries and each participates in various community service projects.

The McLean Spring Hill RECenter Roots & Shoots Junior Volunteer Program has approximately 20 members, and was one of only four groups to be invited to host its own spotlight display at the Sept. 7 Jane Goodall reception. Eight Spring Hill RECenter Roots & Shoots members were allowed to attend the event, which counted several U.S. Congressional representatives among its 300 guests.

“I am beyond excited for our program and kids,” said Shawna Levins, volunteer manager at Spring Hill RECenter.

The Spring Hill RECenter Roots & Shoots Junior Volunteer program is currently accepting new members. For more information, visit www.rootsandshoots.org, or call Shawna Levins at Spring Hill RECenter at 703-827-0989 ext. 209.