WASHINGTON — Karly,17,and Jeffrey Krasnow,15,of Vero Beach,Fla.,were honored Tuesday evening at a ceremony in Washington for the national Jefferson Awards,which recognize public service.
Seven years ago,the brother and sister started Balls-Go-Round,an organization that recycles used tennis balls.
“The goal of Balls-Go-Round is to try and stop people from throwing away tennis balls and put them back into the community in sustainable ways to reduce waste,” Jeffrey said.
The duo’s dad,Kenneth,48,said that the program began as a project,but quickly opened Karly and Jeffrey’s eyes to sustainability.
“It lit that spark and ignited a passion about an important cause,” Kenneth Krasnow said.
Jeffrey and his father attended the event in Washington; Karly was unable to attend. She is taking part in an eight-day Girls State program,which teaches young women about government,her dad said.
During their D.C. trip,father and son took a tour of Senate offices,met Sen. Bill Nelson,D-Fla.,and sat in on a committee hearing.
Karly and Jeffrey were not selected as one of the four national winners.
This year’s Jefferson Awards featured entries from every state,several of which were team efforts. Some were sponsored by news organizations and others were sponsored by schools or other organizations.
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