At an extremely young age Sarah realized that it is important to be of
service to those in need. Her idea took root and flourished during a family
vacation while sampling some sweet treats at her hotel. Sarah realized she
could create equally delicious chocolate delights (cookies, cupcakes,
suckers, etc.) to sell.
Sarah looked to the future and her desire to attend
college. She decided half of the proceeds would be saved for her college
fund and the other half she would be donated to the Sault Ste. Marie,
Ontario hospice (ARCH- Algoma Residential Community Hospice). She fondly
refers to the hospice as heaven’s waiting room. Sarah does not set
prices, but accepts all donations in exchange for her tempting treats. To
date Sarah has humbly presented cheques totally $8662.00 to the hospice.
Sarah can also be counted on to support other very important causes.
She has made and donated chocolate suckers in the shape of a pink heart to
her fellow students as a reminder that bullying must be erased. To support
many of the students at her school with autism, she made and donated blue
chocolate suckers in the shape of a puzzle piece.
Location: Sault Ste Marie Ontario, Canada
School: St. Pius X
Reena Kumari initiated and led a drive against deforestation in her village. Despite the opposition of the local farming community, and all the odds against her, Reena stuck to her decision and through
a play and a rally, communicated the harms of over-grazing and
deforestation to her community.
Location: Haryana, India
School: Satya Bharti School
When Kieran was 6 years old he took an interest in raising food for the local food bank. He has held six food bank drives over this time and has raised a total of 12,420 pounds as well as over $2000 in cash for the local food bank.
Kieran's plan was simple. Have family and friends come to our house with non-perishable food items to donate for a once a year, 3 hour party. For those that participate they get their name put into a draw for prizes that are donated by friends, families and organizations. For every 10 pounds of food people bring, they get an additional ballot for the prize draw. Our friends and family are huge supporters of Kieran and his efforts, asking every year when the party is scheduled for and they get their competitive energy flowing for a great cause.
This year, as Kieran is in his last year of his elementary school he challenged his school to raise more food in their month long drive than he could in his three hour party. They took up the challenge and the Food Bank and its many families reaped the rewards.
Location: Calgary Alberta, Canada
Christian Warren serves as a sibling support model for his 11-year-old nonverbal autistic sister An'jinae. She has trouble communicating and transitioning and in a special loving way, Christian offers support and guidance throughout her adaptive gymnastics class.
At his school, Christian serves as a support to struggling students in his 2nd grade class. He helps the students catch up with the subjects they need the most help in be it reading math science or social studies.
Christian also gave up his bowling time to attend Scouting for Food with his fellow Cub Scout, Pack 3068 Jamestown NC in order to collect food for the animals in our local animal shelter.
County: Guilford North Carolina, USA
School: Montlieu Academy of Technology
Luca Berardi is a 9 year old, a singer and actor and has started an organisation called YARH (young animal rescue heroes) to network with other kids to create awareness for endangered animals.
He has started a paper collection for recycling to help the environment and money raised from waste sold goes towards activities related to saving and awareness for Kenyan endangered animals.
Location: Nairobi , Kenya
School: School of Nations
In 2012 Jack founded an organization called 'Change by YOUth', igniting
positive change locally and globally through volunteerism, leadership and
Since an early age, Jack has been an active volunteer in his
community; whether it's cooking breakfast for those less fortunate,
organizing food drives in support of a local food bank, volunteering at the
YMCA, planting hundreds of trees for Conservation Halton's Trees for
Watershed program, coordinating and participating in several shoreline
cleanups with 'The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup', and conducting
environmental workshops as a trained facilitator for EcoMentors.
Jack currently serves on several advisory and steering committees in his
community and advocates for many social justice initiatives. Since 2012
Jack has participated in a monthly Intergenerational Program at a local
senior’s home where he volunteers his time teaching crafts and other
Location: Oakville Ontario, Canada
School: Pope John Paul II Elementary School
Luisa Macena is 13 years old and Paula Macena is 11 years old. They have
been active helping other kids since they were very young. When Luisa was 8
she cut her hair to donate to kids with cancer. When Paula was 7 she did
When Luisa was 9 she was an advocate for the animals and even
helped to promote a bike parade to create awareness about it.
For the last year Luisa and her sister Paula have put their efforts in an Anti-Bullying campaign. They created a facebook page called Anti-Bullying Project to help kids who have been bullied and they made wrist bands to sell to friends and people they know. The money will be used to buy awareness material for the schools. They are now in the process of organizing an Anti-Bullying Walk-thon for September
They have a huge heart for people and are always willing to help
others, that's why I think they are heroes.
County: Bordentown New Jersey, USA
School: Meadow View Junior Academy
For the past 4 years, Reshini Premaratne has been a volunteer at and has
served as her school's ambassador for The Daily Planet. Currently, she is
a member of the Youth Philanthropy Project at The Community Foundation and
a participant in the Outdoor Leadership Institute at the Blue Sky Fund.
Reshini has also singlehandedly created the X-Out Homelessness campaign in 2010. The X-Out Homelessness campaign is a youth-led campaign dedicated to raising funds for and awareness about the issue of homelessness. The main event of this
campaign is X-Out day where students wear duct tape X's on their shirts
and carry information cards to raise awareness. However, the campaign also
holds bake sales and needs drives. Another event is the skate night that
X-Out Homelessness hosts at SkateNation as a way to further raise money and
awareness. The campaign will also be hosting a charity figure skating show
this year with participants from all over the Greater Richmond area.
X-Out Homelessness campaign has reached over 20 schools and 10,000 students
and it has donated over 5,000 dollars and 250 pounds of items to the
County: Glen Allen Virginia, USA
School: Maggie L. Walker Governor's School
Elayna Hasty has been actively involved with community service since she was 6 years old just going to nursing homes to mingle with the residents and playing Bingo. As she became older her mom noticed Elayna’s love of animals so they started visiting and helping at their local animal shelter but it was when she was only 9 years old Elayna really felt that she needed to take a stand.
Elayna had some experiences with bullying, but it was when her friend that she cared a great deal about faced the same issue she came up with GAB Girls (Girls Against Bullying Girls).
Elayna’s friend was so devastated from other girls being purposely mean that her mom took her out of public school and started to home school her. Elayna and her friend would talk like young girls do, but not about childhood things. They would talk about hurt feelings from others and how they could still stay strong despite the cruel insults.
County: Montpelier Ohio, USA
School: Montpelier Elementary School
Jen Rubino is a driven and inspirational teen who has taken her own pain
and turned it into a charity impacting thousands of people. Her own
experiences as a "hospitalized kid" undergoing more than 20 surgeries in the
hospital to treat a connective tissue illness made her realize there is a
need for ways to brighten the days of hospitalized kids and teens.
why she started Cards for Hospitalized Kids(CFHK) in 2011, a charitable
organization that distributes uplifting handmade cards to hospitalized kids
nationwide. CFHK also provides other support such as recovery inspiration
journals, letters, hats for chemo patients and more. Though CFHK began
locally it has grown into a movement with people around the nation and
abroad--schools, churches, teams, individuals, families and more--sending
in handmade cards for Jen's organization to distribute to hospitals.
Celebrities such as Actress Lucy Hale, Olympian Aly Raisman, Singer Jesse
McCartney and more are also involved and send autographs to Jen for kids to
receive along with the cards. Over 19,000 hospitalized kids in more than
200 hospitals nationwide have received cards from Jen and her charitable
organization. Through her charity, Jen is also making an impact of another
kind by inspiring others to give back and persevere through their own
County: Park Ridge Illinois, USA
School: Keystone National High School
10-year-old Toronto-based Hannah Alper, one of the most popular kid bloggers, launched her STOP, START AND CONTINUE campaign for Earth Hour 2013, happening March 23rd and also Earth Day on April 22nd.
Hannah said children and kids are passionate about supporting causes that
promote help and change for the environment. “Earth Hour should be a time
to connect with your family and friends to talk about and renew your
commitment to the environment. This Pledge and certificate encourages
individuals and families to consider what they can do - STOP, START and
CONTINUE in the year ahead for the well-being of the environment. Earth
Hour encourages all of us to unplug and shut off. I want people to really
think about why they are shutting down for the hour and think about what
they can do to help. We can all do something.”
Location: Toronto Ontario, Canada
My name is Jessica Carscadden. I started the "We Care Bears Project".
One day I was cleaning out my stuffed animals and a lot of them were almost
new, many still had the tags on them. The fire department comes into contact with children at fires, auto accidents or EMT calls. The kids they meet are often scared. I thought kids would be less scared if they fireman had a stuffed animal to give them. The fireman didn't have any stuffed animals and they were happy I donated mine.
I am only one girl and I took all of my animals to the fire department but
I know the police department also comes into contact with kids who are
scared so I made a plan.
I talked to the principal at my school, Dr. Newman, and asked him if I could ask the whole school to donate stuffed animals. Then maybe we could have enough stuffed animals to put some in the trunk of all the police cars at our local Sheriff's station AND in the fire trucks and ambulance. Dr. Newman thought it was a good idea and that maybe if I presented it to the Monterey Ridge Elementary School Student Council they could help me with the project.
County: San Diego California, USA
School: Monterey Ridge Elementary
عرض عبدالمقيت عبدالمنان فكرةً تخدم
البيئة في إمارة أبوظبي والعالم. فبعد أن
شهد حملة الإمارات خالية من الأكياس
البلاستيكية عام 2010، تأثر بها وتفتقت
مخيلته عن فكرة عملية تخدم هذه الحملة.
قام عبدالمقيت بابتكار آلية معينة وبسيطة
لتحويل أوراق الصحف اليومية إلى أكياس
مختلفة الحجم لحمل الأشياء وحفظها، بدلاً
من استخدام الأكياس البلاستيكية التي
تحتاج إلى مئات السنين كي تتحلل.
وصار مشروع هذه الفكرة هوايته الأولى التي
يعمل على إنجازها يومياً. وخلال سنة واحدة
تقريباً، تبرع بأكثر من 4000 كيس ورقي في
أبوظبي، وأقام العديد من المحاضرات في
المدارس والهيئات والمؤسسات الحكومية
والخاصة عن كيفية إعادة تدوير الأوراق
وأضرار الأكياس البلاستيكية على البيئة.
كما قام بتوزيع عدد من أكياسه الورقية على
محلات البقالات في منطقته.
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Native Language: Arabic
School: Abu Dhabi Indian School
Kylie Norwood has committed to volunteering for ELL Summer School for 6 hours a week for 5 weeks.
Kylie set out to start literacy libraries for ELL students. Her goal was to collect 355 books, 1 for each ELL student in WCPS, but to date she has collect over 400. In addition, she created a reading inventory for my staff to distribute to their students. Then Wednesday the 27 of March she came to school with me to distribute the books to the students.
County: Frederick Maryland, USA
School: Thurmont Middle School
Amanda Harville decided this year for her birthday she wanted to give instead of get. She gave up her birthday presents and asked everyone to donate dog food, treats, toys or money to help her sponsor a foster dog named Izzy.
To date she has raised $947.66! She also has dog food, treats and toys that were donated to her project. We have also made fleece dog ropes to donate to the organization Izzy is being fostered through. Amanda has worked hard for the past 2 1/2 months to raise as much money as she could to help this foster dog.
County: Greensboro North Carolina, USA
School: Sumner Elementary School
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