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  88R20273 BPG-D
  By: Plesa H.R. No. 876
         WHEREAS, Vedha Vaddaraju is being presented with a First
  Lady's Youth Volunteer Rising Star Award at the Governor's
  Volunteer Awards reception at the Texas Governor's Mansion on April
  19, 2023; and
         WHEREAS, Administered by OneStar, the Texas state service
  commission, this prestigious awards program honors exemplary
  service by those who have made significant and measurable
  contributions to Texas communities; the First Lady's Youth
  Volunteer Rising Star category recognizes Texans 18 years of age
  and younger who demonstrate leadership, commitment to service, and
  the ability to inspire others of all ages to serve; and
         WHEREAS, Vedha Vaddaraju, a student at Plano West Senior High
  School, cofounded Letters of Gold with her best friend; early in the
  COVID-19 pandemic, they launched the initiative to brighten the
  days of health care workers by sending letters of encouragement;
  the positive response led them to expand their efforts; forming
  chapters in many local schools, and enlisting other volunteers from
  around the world, they have coordinated and facilitated numerous
  letter writing campaigns through the Letters of Gold website; and
         WHEREAS, Since its inception, Letters of Gold has provided
  thousands of caring messages to people in need of motivation or a
  meaningful connection, including domestic violence survivors,
  cancer patients, Afghan refugees, and residents of senior housing;
  Ms. Vaddaraju has offered monthly training sessions for other
  youngsters to foster civic engagement, and she has used her
  platform for other worthy endeavors, such as a book drive for Dallas
  Independent School District libraries; and
         WHEREAS, Demonstrating leadership and compassion, Vedha
  Vaddaraju has helped lift the spirits of countless people, and her
  work in behalf of Letters of Gold has made her a role model for her
  peers; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 88th Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Vedha Vaddaraju on her receipt of a
  2023 First Lady's Youth Volunteer Rising Star Award and extend to
  her sincere best wishes for the future; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Ms. Vaddaraju as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.