2017’s Little Leaders For A Better World
Presley Ross loves animals. Her family adopted a cute little kitten over the summer break and named her Stevie. “When we went took her for a check-up, I noticed that there were so many kitties that still needed a family. I asked my teacher if we could adopt one for our classroom. She said that probably wouldn’t work out but we could think of another way to help,” said Presley, who came up with an idea to make a pretend animal shelter in her class. “I asked my friends to donate their old stuffies (stuffed animals). We gave them names and created a store in our class. Kids from the whole school lined up at recess to come and adopt a stuffie.” Over a couple of weeks, Presley raised over $200 for the Humane Society of Durham Region. The classroom had a visit from a rescue dog named Clifford, who came to pick up the cheque and bring it back to the humane society. “They told us that they will use the money to buy toys and treats for the kitties in the shelter for Christmas. It made me feel really happy to help the animals. I am going to ask my friends to buy pet toys and food for my birthday party so we can bring it to the animals to help some more,” said a smiling Presley.
Liam Brown, 8
Liam decided to help raise money for Do It For Dads Walk/Run in support of prostate cancer. “I did it because I love my own dad so much and I wanted to help out other kids who might have dads who are sick. I couldn’t imagine my dad getting sick,” saidLiam. He set up a lemonade stand in front of his home in the summer and raised over $200 for the cause. His family participated in the annual walk and had so much fun. He can’t wait to do it again next year.
When Emily’s school asked each student to bring two dollars to contribute to Terry Fox cancer research, the 9-year-old decided to raise more. She she set up a little stand in front of a store that belonged to her mom’s friend and sold bottles of water, cans of pop and juice boxes. She sold her drinks for a $2 donation to cancer research. Many people gave her $5 and asked to keep the change while a few dropped $20 in her jar and didn’t even want a drink. She raised $195 and was so proud when she got to take it in to the school the next day and hand it in.
Alexis grew her hair for six years, even though her mom wanted her to cut it because it was getting too long. “I didn’t want to cut it because I like my long hair. It took my mom two months to convince me to cut my hair. I really liked the idea that my hair will be used to make wigs so that children who don’t have hair will look pretty but I was still scared to cut it,” said Alexis. One Sunday in 2017, Alexis took the step she had been hesitant about and asked her mom to cut her hair so she could donate it.
Jordan made a difference in 2017 by collecting new socks for the homeless. Her unique idea came about after she thought that people who don’t have warm homes to live in would definitely need warm socks. It turned out that homeless shelters are always in need of socks, because it is the most needed item but the least donated one. “This is my third year doing the Christmas Sock Drive and I love helping people who are in need,” said Jordan, who collected over 4,400 pairs. “It helps our family remember the true meaning of Christmas – to give to others.”
Julian a program called Dinocorp with the help of his mother. He designed four dinosaur drawings and applied them to tee shirts. He then made videos advertising the program through his mom’s Facebook page to get the word out. “I raised $710 and donated it to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. This program was my way of helping others. The money is going to be used for a great thing because it will be used to help with the renovation of Sick Kids General Hospital,” said Julian.