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The Times
  • Frankfort woman receives Congressional Award Medal

  • Alexandra Tamburro’s experience with AmeriCorps put her in difficult situations, such as sifting through the personal belongings of those who had lost everything after a disaster.

    She said it was difficult to decide what to keep and what to throw away.

    “You don’t know what has meaning to someone,” she said.

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  • Alexandra Tamburro’s experience with AmeriCorps put her in difficult situations, such as sifting through the personal belongings of those who had lost everything after a disaster.
    She said it was difficult to decide what to keep and what to throw away.
    “You don’t know what has meaning to someone,” she said.
    Tamburro said, however, there were some success stories, where in some instances they found wedding bands and a Purple Heart medal, and were able to return the items to the individuals.
    “I’ve always felt a need to help those who need it,” said Tamburro. “There was no better time for me to do it than right after school. Now is the time to give back. Now is the time to do it.”
    Tamburro has been recognized for her 10 months of service with AmeriCorps with the bronze Congressional Award from U. S. Rep. Richard Hanna.
    The ceremony took place at the Frankfort Town Hall on Friday.
    “It’s such an honor to receive this award. It’s very humbling,” said Tamburro.
    Hanna, R,I,C - Barneveld, said it takes someone with “enormous character” to be able to accomplish something like this.
    “In a time when people are so cynical about people, it’s really great to see you do this,” he said.
    A news release from Hanna’s office said “The Congressional Award Medal is an award for young Americans, established by the United States Congress in 1979, to ‘recognize initiative, service and achievement in young people.’ It is a non-partisan program open to all 14 to 23 year-olds. The Congressional Award is Congress’ first and only award specifically for youth.”
    According to www.congressionalaward.org, the program has six levels of award — bronze, silver, and gold certificates and bronze, silver and gold medals.
    Tamburro, 24, was based in Denver for her AmeriCorps service, and worked disaster relief, casework and helped to rebuild homes. She said a new project would be assigned to her about every two months. Her service has taken her to New Orleans, to continue the long road of rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina, and to Joplin, Mo., where about 25 percent of the city was destroyed by a tornado.
    “It feels good at the end of the day to know that everything you are doing was worth it,” she said.
    Tamburro graduated from Frankfort-Schuyler High School in 2006 and received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Coastal Carolina University in 2010. She is currently looking for a job in the area or in Washington, D.C., at a nonprofit organization.
    Tamburro’s parents are Karlee, the Frankfort village clerk, and Joseph, a Frankfort town councilman. Both were present for their daughter’s award ceremony on Friday.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Super-proud,” said Karlee Tamburro.
    “Proud as a parent can be,” said Joe Tamburro.
    The presentation was made during an events where Hanna met with constituents about some of the issues they are having, specifically those related to veterans. Hanna spoke to people privately and individually to help put the wheels in motion to help correct their problems.
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