For Uilleam Harper, giving back to the community is nothing new. But this 11-year-old Luther Burbank sixth-grader will be getting a bit of a reward this time. Uilleam will get to turn on the lights at Lancaster’s tree lighting ceremony, Friday, Dec. 1.
“This is my hometown, you are supposed to support your hometown,” Uilleam said. Most years, he has given the money back to the Bolton Fair. This year, Uilleam decided to give to Oil for Seniors, in Lancaster, as did other 4-H members.
“The (donation jar) for senior oil was so higher, but we thought we could get it even higher,” he said.
“I am very proud of him,” said his mother, Colleen. “He’s made up his own mind each year who to give money to.”
Peggy Corbett leads Lancaster’s 4-H.
“He was so concerned about why some seniors couldn’t have heat if it was needed. For him it became, ‘how I can change this,’“Corbett said.
Uilleam is excited to be taking part in the tree lighting.
“It is pretty awesome, and not something everyone gets to do,” he said. “I always wanted to do it, but didn’t think I would get the chance.”
Uilleam invited others to join 4-H if they live in the area.
“It leads to good careers,” he said.