On Tuesday, April 4, Regent Virginia Snyder Lee asked Kate Waller Barrett Rennie, Conservation Committee Chair of the Williamsburg Chapter, NSDAR, to come forward and present this year's winner of the prestigious Conservation Award to Audrey Kriva, a senior at the College of William and Mary. Ms. Kriva won the award for Youth Leadership and creator of her project, "Reduce, reuse, DormMania". Each year when the College of William and Mary students end the academic school year, they move out of dorms and homes, leaving behind a multitude of items that are left on the sidewalks and curbs around the college and neighborhood streets ready for trash pick-up. It is unsightly debris left in the wake of students going home to summer break or going on to new career challenges. This bright and ingenious student, Ms. Audrey Kriva, got the idea to collect these castoffs, refurbish them, and sell them back to incoming students. Motto: "Reduce, reuse, DormMania". What a great way to conserve materials cutting down on trash, and waste, while making money and saving students from having to invest in expensive dorm items. Come May, Ms. Kriva and her team of volunteers scurry around town and collect all the castaways. During the summer the team refurbishes the items ready to sell in August when the students return to campus for the coming year. A large garage sale is held where students and their parents can purchase dorm items at greatly reduced prices. Plus the items are on campus so purchased items are easy to transport the short distance to the dorms. The team makes enough profit to finance the next year's garage sale. In the first year, volunteers collected, refurbished and sold 10,000 pounds of castoffs. Photo: Virginia Ambler, VP, Student Affairs, College of William and Mary; the Honorable Dr. Clyde Haulman, former Mayor of the City of Williamsburg and head of the Economics Dept at W&M; Audrey Kriva, winner; Committee Chair, Kate Rennie, Mary Kay Carstensen and Ken Kriva. Dr. Ambler and Dr. Haulman wrote letters of recommendation in Audrey's favor.
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