Learning from her family to help future families

By Jillian Marshall

May 20, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM EDT

Afton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Community service is a family affair in the Bullis family, making it easy for Jessie Bullis to be awarded a Student Community Service Award.

Afton senior, Jessie Bullis has been dedicating her time to her community for more than five years.

Under the wings of her grandparents, Bullis participates in the local Sertoma Club, a group that help communities through volunteer service.

Bullis is also a junior volunteer at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton and a member of her local VFW's Ladies Auxiliary, where she helps support troops over seas.

"We're currently sending boxes of supplies over to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. I just like to help out," Bullis said.

"She's always been a go-getter, pretty level-headed. She wants to do what she wants to do," said Bullis' grandfather Arthur Brooks.

Bullis is headed to Morrisville University where she will pursue an Associates degree in nursing.

She says her dream job is to be a pediatric oncologist on St. Jude's.

Although she will be busy with her studies and pursuing her dream, Bullis says she will do community service throughout college and the rest of her life.

"When you do community service you're not just stuck to the same people. You're getting out there, it's good experience for your future, your life, your job," Bullis said.

The Student Community Service Awards are presented by Sen. Tom Libous (R-52nd), WBNG and BOCES. A total of 27 other Southern Tier seniors received the award and a $1,000 scholarship.

For more information on all of the recipients, visit Tom Libous' website.

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