Local Student brings a smile to Parsippany

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Sonal with the Presidential Award

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Parsippany resident Sonal Butala, a senior in the Magnet Program for Math and Science at Morris Hills High School, has been honored with the opportunity to work with Mayor James Barberio during the annual Fall Festival to expand the nonprofit organization Color A Smile.

At the Fall Festival, the Mayor sponsored Butala, who is dedicated towards bringing joy into the lives of veterans and active troops through Color A Smile, where colored pictures are donated to the brave men and women of the country. Butala’s event was a grand success and many children contributed by coloring pictures.

Freeholder Candidate Heather Darling, Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio

Butala also received The President’s Volunteer Service Award for her outstanding volunteer service within her community. The award recognizes United States citizens who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period.

Through her service as an ambassador with the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Foundation, which she was nominated for by her school, and her commitment to bettering Morristown Memorial Hospital as a junior volunteer for the past four years, Butala has volunteered more than 200 hours of service.

Butala also conducted a weekly coloring session for several months at the Lake Hiawatha Library, during which she led interactive activities with younger children to engage them in community service as she furthered her dedication to Color A Smile.

Envisioned by the prospects of taking on Color A Smile at the national level, Butala dreams of sharing her program with 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue someday

Kids Coloring at the Fall Festival

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