Kelli Hanson Magnuson felt a little miffed when she saw her sister graduate in December.
Though Terri Hanson was a good student, she didn’t have the decorative tassels or fancy hardware flaunted by many of her Minnesota State University colleagues.
“But if there were an award for community engagement,” Kelli said, “she’d be in a full-body armor suit.”
Terri was only a freshman at Mankato West when she began volunteering with Connecting Kids and with the YWCA’s Girls on the Run program.
She’s volunteered extensively with the Riverside Regional Pet Shelter and spent several months last fall providing hospice care to a dying horse named Red, for whom she was willing to purchase medications out of pocket. She volunteers with the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota and continues to work the YWCA as a kindergarten-preparedness instructor.