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.
â€œI am beyond excited for our program and kids,â€ 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.