Grantees

Camp Sobaco Girl Scouts’ Butterfly Garden

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Girls Work to Help the Butterfly Population

A $100 grant from Start A Snowball allowed the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, to create the Butterfly Garden at Camp Sobaco. The Girl Scouts goal was to give the Monarch butterflies a safe place to stop when they travel from Canada to Mexico. In creating the garden, the girls hoped to increase the Monarch population (as well as the populations of other threatened butterfly species), to educate the kids at Camp Sobaco about Monarch butterflies, to make camp Sobaco more beautiful.

 

Girl Scouts of America is a nationwide organization which focuses on developing the character of the young women of the United States. Juliette Gordon Low formed a Girl Scout troop in March 12, 1912 in Savannah Georgia. Girl Scouts of America has blossomed from its humble beginnings, and today there are 2.8 million Girl Scouts across the country and around the world. Girl Scouts participate in many different programs and activities including learning about different cultures, science, cooking, and the environment. With every project, they learn to make the world a better place by helping others, and they have the ability to earn badges along the way which represent what they have learned.

 

The money from this grant allowed the girls to build a garden filled with plants and flowers that attract butterflies. They also planned to use the money to buy lumber in order to build a fence for the garden to rest from their long journey when they stopped in the garden. By creating this garden, the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County want to help endangered butterflies, as well as to teach the other children at Camp Sobaco more about the Monarch butterfly species.

 

Thanks to the $100 grant from Start A Snowball, the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County were able to turn an empty area of Camp Sobaco into a beautiful butterfly garden which provides a much needed resting point for Monarch butterflies during their migration, and an educational experience for all the children of Camp Sobaco.

 

How Nerds Rule Inc is Helping the Homeless

Have you ever looked at a homeless person on the street and wondered how they got there? Maybe they lost their job and couldn’t find another one, or maybe they just fell on hard times and lost everything. Have you ever wished you could have done something to help those people? Well that’s exactly what Nerds Rule Inc is trying to do. This post will provide more information on the group and what they’re doing.

What is Nerds Rule Inc?

Nerds Rule Inc is a group whose goal is to see that no man, woman or child has to live homeless on the street because of devastating circumstances and that each person is able to receive the personal attention necessary to overcome their homelessness.

How do they accomplish their goal?

They accomplish their goal by traveling, working hand in hand with teams of volunteers and other organizations that that provide food, clothing, and other necessities to those who are homeless and in dire need of supplies.

What do the homeless care packages consist of?

In addition to providing food in the homeless care packages, each person has the opportunity to to get educational material to return to school or go to college, job placement or training.

How has Nerds Rule Inc gotten volunteers for their project?

Nerds Rule Inc works with several schools and universities that provide tutoring for some of the students. They also run a Nerds Rule Inc radio show that they use to recruit volunteers over the air. How long was their event?

Have they had any events?

They had a one-day event that started on April 25, 2015.

What was the purpose of the event?

The event helped and encouraged those who are homeless and may be hurting, and show each individual that people in the community care about them and what they them to know what they matter.

Are they doing anthing else to education the community?

Yes, they are also creating a documentary called “The Faces of the Homeless,” They want to attempt to break down the stereotypes usually associated with the homeless and show that, in a post-recession economy, losing your home happens to every day people.

How can I find out more about Nerds Rule, Inc?

You can find out more about Nerds Rule Inc and their various programs by visiting their website.

First grade team gives victims of tragedy a jumpstart on healing

By: Sherri A. Hutchinson, Contributing Writer

Thanks to a $100 grant from Start A Snowball, a group of first graders from The Premier Charter School took teamwork and collaboration to new heights. The group launched project “Packing Hope” with the goal of delivering 20 backpacks filled with what they envisioned would provide comfort and hope for the future to children struck by loss due to fires.

These backpacks were filled with school supplies and everyday hygiene items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste to assist victims of tragedy in rebuilding the structure of their everyday lives.

The team hoped that with every backpack, pencil, and notebook other children would feel part of the spirit of The Premier Charter School’s vision, “The students we serve today will be the spirit of St. Louis tomorrow.”

A part of helping children struck by tragedy was twofold. The team realized it was not enough to collect  filled backpacks, but would need a group of caring first responders to get them to those individuals in need. They were fortunate to find that community collaboration with firefighters in their St. Louis community. The team provided the filled backpacks to the fire station so the firefighters could deliver them to the children.

The project “Packing Hope” came to fruition with hard work collecting backpacks and items such as school supplies, hygiene products, reading books, and small toys. The students called upon parents, made announcements, and worked with community resources to compliment the foundation of the Start A Snowball grant.

This project exceeded the expectations of its plan through great drive and ambition by these students so children in their community would have the opportunity to start anew. The Premier Charter School first graders provided over 30 children with backpacks full of supplies. They decided to make it an annual service event aiming to touch the lives of children who have lost everything in fires and other tragedies to start anew every New Year.

Girl Helps Animals in Distress

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Wags 4 Hope Helps Animals in Distress

By Dola Rai Chaudhuri, Contributing Writer

Annie was devastated when she came to know about the terrible disease Teddy is suffering from. For three continuous years, her family was engaged in an extensive search for a pet dog for Annie. Finally, they found this two year old shaggy dog, rescued from a high kill shelter in Houston. Soon after this, following a veterinarian check up, Annie found out that Teddy is suffering from heartworm disease.

What is Heartworm Disease?

This is a potentially fatal disease for dogs caused by parasitic roundworms known as Dirofilaria immitis. Mosquitoes act as carriers for the disease. With dogs being natural hosts, the entire life cycle of this pathogenic worm is completed in a dog’s body. In its adult from, the worm resides in a dog’s heart giving it the name of “heartworm”.  Apart from the dogs, it also affects cats and ferrets.

Heartworm affected dogs start showing signs of fatigue only after moderate levels of activity and suffer from occasional coughs. But these symptoms start showing up at quite an advanced stage of the infection. In severe cases vital organs, including lungs and heart, become completely choked by adult worms. However, the disease itself is not contagious, that is, transference never occurs from one dog to another.

How are the Dogs Treated for the Disease?

Once the blood tests reveal that the dog is affected by heartworm infection, it is administered with one of the two available drugs approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Both drugs contain arsenic that is considered effective in killing off the adult worms. But treatment with arsenic has its own complications and often problems arise during this phase requiring frequent and sometimes lengthy hospitalizations of the pet.

In advanced stages, when worms start creating severe congestion in vital organs, surgery might prove to be the only way out. But here too the rate of success in terms of complete recovery of the dogs remains abysmally low. The cost of treatment often creates huge financial burden on the owners which sometimes prevent them from seeking proper medical assistance.

As Annie found out through her experience and research about the disease, medical costs run well over USD 2000 in the cases of larger dogs suffering from heartworm disease. Luckily for Annie, timely detection of the disease and her as well as her family’s efforts paid off and Teddy recovered completely.

What is Annie’s Role in this?

Realizing how difficult it is for individual dog owners to spend so heavily in the treatment of their pets, Annie introduced a novel concept to help out those seeking support in aiding dogs in distress. She uses her painting skills to create artworks for everyone to view, appreciate and own. The proceedings, earned through this method, are forwarded to a number of rescue groups caring for dogs suffering from heartworm infection.helps animals 2

Animal welfare nonprofit organization Wags 4 Hope (http://wags4hope.org/), initiated by Annie in 2012 when she was only in her eighth grade, works with dog shelters who take active interest in this matter. Annie not only limits herself to painting and sharing them with fellow animal lovers and collectors, but also involves herself in various other activities to create awareness about the issue. She teaches children about how to care for their pets and, more importantly, how to successfully prevent the occurrence of this deadly disease.

Besides writing about the issue in such online magazines as The Dodo, Annie also organizes regular fundraising events and community programs to support the cause. This grant of USD 100 is going to help her buy more articles like canvases, paintbrushes, pigments and so on for her paintings. With the help of these she will be able to create more artworks and fulfill custom orders in support of the cause. The funds will provide financial assistance to Shaggy Dog Rescue (http://houstonshaggydogrescue.org/), LA Animal Service (http://www.laanimalservices.com/) and Peace and Paws (http://peaceandpaws.org/site/). These organizations are working hard to look after the medical needs of the dogs.

We often speak of dogs being our best friend. Perhaps, it is time for us to pay back the compliment. We can do so by generously supporting (http://startasnowball.com/donate/) the works of Wags 4 Hope, spearheaded by Annie Blumenfeld. Young though she is, yet Annie taught us an important lesson about caring for those whose loyalty we often take for granted. She also proved that age is no bar in initiating projects that supports worthy causes in effective ways.

Moreover, children who find themselves inspired by Annie’s story and have such projects in mind that may help address various social, environmental and other concerns, can seek a grant here (http://startasnowball.com/philanthropic-grant-for-kids/) to help them carry out the programs.

 

 

Reference:

  1. Keep The Worms Out Of Your Pet’s Heart! [http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AnimalVeterinary/ResourcesforYou/AnimalHealthLiteracy/UCM207235.pdf]
  2. Young Woman’s Art Is Saving Dogs’ Lives [https://www.thedodo.com/community/Wags_4_Hope/wags-4-hope-1039636712.html#sthash.duWqMhGY.dpuf]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arizona 7th Grader Takes Action to Support Classmates

By MJ Vieweg, Staff Writer

Thanks to a $100 grant from Start A Snowball, twelve-year-old Kaitlyn Martinez was able to give backpacks full of school supplies to 175 of her schoolmates. She also provided 20 backpacks to one of the largest domestic violence shelters in her Arizona community. Kaitlyn is another example of a certain type of young person that not only notices when something is not right in her school or community, but sets out to do something about it.

“Last year a lot of kids in my class were not able to finish assignments because they did not have pen and paper at home and were too embarrassed to say anything,” said Kaitlyn. “I want to collect school supplies for kids in need. Many families do not have the money to buy them.”

Kaitlyn relied on support from her family, friends and community-at-large. She spread the word about her project, “Backpacks 4 Kids AZ”, on Facebook, by putting up flyers and placing a small print ad in the local paper. She also approached stores directly to ask for support for her project either by donating school supplies or by helping to promote it.

Kaitlyn hopes to continue the project next year, hoping to provide at least 300 backpacks with proceeds from planned fundraisers, a rummage sale and donations.

“I think my project was successful, seeing as this was the first year,” she said. “I am hoping I will be able to help even more kids next year.

Getting Girls Involved in STEM

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This High School Girl Started a Free STEM Summer Camp for Girls

By Elanor Palmer, Contributing Writer

A $100 grant from Start A Snowball allowed Sabina London, a sixteen year old in eleventh grade, to start Girls Science Interactive, a free STEM summer camp. London wanted to organize a free summer camp for middle school girls, and minorities in particular, which would help them explore the sciences in a fun and interactive way. This grant allowed London to buy supplies and the necessary materials for each of the experiments.

The summer camp allowed girls to explore STEM careers and learn more about topics like the solar system, global warming, engineering, electricity chemistry and neuroscience. Each topic included fun hands-on experiments, and the interactive approach made this educational experience especially fun.  One of the most popular lessons was on astronomy, where the girls made a balloon rocket and a Mars Rover.

London’s goal was to have about 20 girls attending each session of the camp. She wanted to cater the program to a low-income community who could not normally afford to send their children to summer camps or after school activities. London was able to distribute flyers advertising the camp to the kids through the local middle school administration. She was hoping that the girls at the first session would enjoy the program so much, that they would tell their friends and more children would join each session. In the end, about 150 elementary and middle school girls participated in the Girls Science Interactive camps – a huge success in London’s opinion.

Many of the girls who attended this summer are eagerly awaiting next summer’s camps already. Half of the STEM summer camps were in low-income areas, and their experience wouldn’t have been possible without London’s efforts to bring them a free science camp.  London plans to open more camps in New York and Kentucky, and has been actively reaching out to other high school and college students to open more STEM summer camps in their communities.

You learn more about her work you can visit her website.

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Young Artists Coming Together through Publication

How “Sparks of Creativity” Connected Young Artists Across the World

By Lorelei Miguel-Rossow, Contributing Writer

Jieru Shi perceived the artist life as one that only existed for those that were “good” at art, or created within the lines of his art classes. When his work did not reflect the norm, or it pushed creative boundaries, he received criticism from his instructors, and took their words to heart. He unfortunately stopped taking art courses; stunting his artistic dream. There were others like him. They faced not only criticism from the outside world, but also from the voices in their heads. He knew that there had to be something he could do to keep that dream alive.

Jieru began a youth initiated project called Sparks of Creativity (www.sparksofcreativity.org). He applied for a grant from Start A Snowball and stated that the publication would, “…Respect the uniqueness as well as skill levels of each person.” He created numerous writing and art contests, soliciting submissions from students globally. The winners were based on the depth of creativity instead of the traditional “skill-based” view.

The winning artists and writers were featured in the first issue of the magazine. Jieru included more work than he originally thought possible, and when he sent out the winners’ free copies, Jieru said, “…They didn’t believe their art had been good enough.” Artwork and/or poetry from over 60 people hailing from more than 25 countries were represented in the publication.

Receiving the grant gave Jeiru the much needed motivation and confidence to realize his vision: a publication that gave all young artists a shot at being their most creative, without boundaries.  He is excited to continue the journey and has big plans for producing another magazine next year; possibly including all of the artists that missed the initial deadlines. With this positive outlook on the future, Jeiru is an inspiration to all young artists everywhere who want to create without fear of rejection.

Neighborhood kids’ Helping Hands

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Neighborhood Group is Lending Helping Hands Where They are Needed

By Heather Thomas, Contributing Writer

Happy Helpers is a new group that looks to encourage children ages five to 17 years old to give back to their community through participating in a variety of community service projects. The group’s parent leader said that the group hopes that the emphasis on taking care of one’s community will lead to more opportunities for community service projects for the children.

The group, applying under the name Kids Helping Hands, originally planned to use the $100 grant from Start a Snowball to organize the clean-up of as many vacant lots in the community as possible. The money would have been spent on gloves, bags and sticks to assist the children to safely pick up the garbage.

The plan was to have the children work together to make a plan of what lots to clean and devise how they could maximize the number of lots they could clean in the four to six hours they planned to spend on the project. It was to be the group’s inaugural event, kicking off the group’s commitment to inspiring children to do good and volunteer. Somewhere along the way the scope of the project changed, and the children instead helped out at the local food pantry and humane society.

The group donated $50 to the food pantry, which lead to helping more than 100 people. The donation also motivated the start collection of supplies to host a food drive to further benefit the pantry. The group helped several animals at the humane society’s shelter through a donation of $20. The project was deemed a successful start for the organization because of how the group quickly gained momentum and built excitement in the community.

Happy Helpers used the remainder of their grant to enter in a local parade. The parade has the potential to put the organization’s name in front of thousands of people. The group hopes that it will lead to more service project opportunities for the children. The group has also been working with local senior community centers, coordinating with efforts to clean up public spaces, and food packing events for the pantry.

13 Year Old Brings Joy to Kids

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Alyssa is Bringing Joy to Kids at the Holidays

By, Abbigayle Hunt, Contributing Writer

It all started with a stuffed fish toy. Thirteen-year-old Alyssa Svalina wanted her toy to bring joy to another kid. So she asked her friend, a volunteer firefighter, what she could do with it. He suggested she collect toys to give to the fire department to use to comfort children in crises situations. Hearing this helped Alyssa realize that there were other kids out there that were less fortunate than herself, and she wanted to do something to help them. At the heart of everything she does Alyssa wants the kids to know that they mean something and are loved.

Alyssa ran across the Wake County foster care stocking drive, and the desire to help was ignited again.  In 2012, she collected 56 stockings, in 2013 she was able to collect 200, and in 2014 she collected 364, that’s almost enough to give one stocking each day of the year. But even with that monumental amount, Alyssa still had the sorrow of seeing youth go home from the annual Christmas party without a stocking. With a $100 grant from Start a Snowball, Alyssa hopes to increase the number of stockings available for next years Christmas party so that no one has to go without. When asked if she would continue to work on the stocking drive she said, “Why wouldn’t I? If I don’t there’s one child without.”

In addition to the work she has done on the stocking donation drive, Alyssa also donates at the Raleigh Rescue Mission, and to families in need around her community.  No matter where children are in crisis, Alyssa wants to help. Along with her goal of donating more to the stocking drive in Wake County, she also has the dream of being able to open up her garage and run a free Christmas shop where children can come and shop for free to take home gifts so that no child has to go without during the Christmas season.

An Angel of Hope Against Cancer

This 7th Grader is Making a Difference in the Fight Against Cancer

By Terquoia Cain, Contributing Writer

Cancer is a word that has become all too familiar. Unfortunately, at some point in life most people know of someone who is battling cancer. Perhaps they have cared for a loved one with cancer. Or maybe they themselves are a cancer survivor. For most people who have been affected by cancer there is a desire to help in some capacity, but there are few people who decide to take action. However, a young girl by the name of Julianna Cavarretta is an exception.

Julianna is a twelve-year-old, 7th grader who resides in southern California. Her great grandmother was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. After Julianna learned of her great grandmother’s diagnosis she wanted to do something that would help to make a difference. Julianna knew that there was a need for cancer research. She decided to raise money that would go towards research and the treatment of breast cancer patients, by selling baked cupcakes and brownies. Julianna, along with the help of her friend, Samuel Garcia launched the project in June 2015. She received a $ 100.00 grant from Start a Snowball to jump start her project. The grant money was used to buy poster boards and other supplies to advertise the bake sale. The grant money also helped them distribute the baked goods.

For Julianna, baked goods and an important cause created the perfect recipe for sweet success! Her project produced a profit. All the proceeds were donated to City of Hope Hospital; which is located in Duarte, California. Julianna is thankful for the grant money she received from Start a Snowball. In fact, she wishes more organizations would make contributions for a good cause. Julianna’s story is proof that a sincere heart and a good idea can create a positive impact in the lives of others. Hopefully one day there will be an abundance of monetary resources for cancer research, and it will be eradicated.

Kids are Making a Difference Through Leadership

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By Kim Szalach, Contributing Writer

At 16, most kids would want to hang out with friends, listen to music or go to the movies. But some kids, like the ones behind Project Next Generation are out in the community making a difference.  They are the leaders in a new movement of young people who are looking to guide even younger kids ages 10 to 14 to do better and to “speak up”.  To speak up for what is right, to speak up for what is just and to speak up for themselves.  The Mission of Project Next Generation is to mentor and inspire younger kids to build leadership skills and to excel at making a difference in their own communities.

Project Next Generation does this through a variety of ways. They hold specific classes on public speaking and student campaign seminars, as well as career expos and an international diplomacy program.  Prior to their grant being funded, they held a Middle School World Peace and Leadership Program where the students role played as diplomats from many countries around the world.  It was there that the “goal to teach students what it means to be global citizens was achieved”.  Project Next Generation and the teens involved believe that we have a responsibility to young people to help them become educated and concerned citizens.

Recently Project Next Generation was awarded a grant through Start a Snowball.  This grant was awarded based on all of the above attributes of the organization. The group is comprised of great kids doing great things. This specific grant of $100.00 was requested to fund new programs for youth in Massachusetts, where Project Next Generation was founded.  The money did exactly what was expected.  A Presidents Day workshop was held on February 16, 2015 for 15 students.  At this workshop they learned about past, present and future leaders of the world.  The attendees were able to run mock presidential campaigns and hold a press meeting.  The students were also given a tour of the Bourne Fire Department. According to the leaders of the workshop, the attendees were greatly inspired by meeting such wonderful leaders of the local community. The leaders within the community must also be inspired by such wonderful students who would spend their day off from school not “hanging out” but learning how to enhance the lives of those around them.  Great job Project Next Generation, keep up the good work!

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NMR’s First Annual Autism Awareness Benefits Concert

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By Lanie Pemberton, Contributing Writer

In November 2014, a snowball was started in Turlock, California.

That snowball came in the form of a group of teenagers who looked around and realized that the teen involvement in Turlock was not up to par. These teens wanted to make a difference, so they did something that would make a huge impact on their city: they founded NMR. Founded for teens and by teens, the mission of NMR is “to get youth in the Turlock area to be more active citizens by engaging in and promoting community service and social activities”.

In order to make a difference in their community, the teens that make up NMR host monthly socials and bimonthly community service projects. One project in particular really stood out as a game-changer for the community of Turlock- the NMR club’s Autism Awareness Benefit Concert. The club was passionate about the success of this event, as several of the members have autistic siblings.

The goal of the Autism Awareness Benefit Concert was to raise awareness and funds for families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Turlock/Modesto communities. The concert was preceded by a two-month long process in which the NMR teens planned and raised funds. They approached local business owners and asked for sponsorship, and they hosted fundraisers at multiple schools in order to raise enough money to book the concert venue. They also sold merchandise and club shirts in order to bring in even more funds for the benefit concert.

NMR received a grant from Start A Snowball in the amount of $100 for the Autism Awareness Benefit Concert. The club members stated that the grant money “went towards the initial expenses of printing tickets and making flyers” and that it also helped the event to look more professional. The grant also helped the club to buy a professional domain name and create an official website. The website will allow for continued growth of NMR.

NMR’s Autism Awareness Benefit Concert, held on April 18, 2015, was a great success! The teens were thrilled with the outcome of the event, saying that “many people were interested in our club and our causes after the concert was over”. The concert helped the club to raise and donate $600 to the Carlos Vierra Foundation, which gives aid to families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The event was so successful that the teens have decided to make it an annual event with the help of local businesses in Turlock.

 

For more information on NMR and the amazing teens who are making a difference in their community, check out their website here.

 

How Mercy for America’s Children is Helping Children in Foster Care

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By Erica Martin, Contributing Writer

Are you a child in foster care, or are you being adopted through foster care? Or are you an adult who was in foster care before you got adopted? If so you may be interested in Mercy for America’s Children, an organization that’s helping children in foster care by providing monthly support group meetings for children who are in foster care, or who are being adopted through foster care. In addition, they also want to plan activities four times a year so that children in foster care can come together with others who have been adopted through foster care. This article will provide more information on the project.

What is Mercy for America’s Children?

Mercy for America’s Children is a North Carolina based nonprofit group that advocates on behalf of children waiting adoption in the US foster care system. They do this by educating the public about the benefits of adopting children in foster care, reforming the adoption process, connecting waiting children to potential adoptive families, and supporting them through their adoption journey.

How do they do this?

The programs and activities they provide include information sessions about adopting through foster care, monthly support groups for adults in the process of adopting a child in foster care, specialized trainings for adults on topics like sexual abuse and trauma, and they also provide a behavioral support team and an academic support team.

What has Mercy for America’s Children accomplished so far? 

Currently, 90 families are receiving services at this time.

What are the future plans for Mercy for America’s Children?

Mercy for America’s Children would like to continue to expand the kids division and add to their collection of resources.

How can I find out more about Mercy for America’s Children? 

You can find out more about them by visiting their website, http://www.mac-cares.org/.

 

 

 

Acceptance and Service: Best Buddies accomplishes both!

FL School Builds Acceptance and Service by Pairing Basic Education And Special Education Students

By Lanie Pemberton, Contributing Writer.

What do you get when you pair a passion for service with a desire to unify students of various educational levels? You get Best Buddies, a club founded by a teacher at Connerton Elementary School of Land O Lakes, Florida.

How does it work? Well, Best Buddies functions by pairing basic education  and special education students together with the task of completing service projects around the Connerton campus. The founding teacher stated that the goal of the organization was to “prompt and foster lasting relationships for students with disabilities and their peers”. By uniting the special education students with their basic education peers, Best Buddies promotes understanding, positive peer relationships, and life skills. All this while fostering a culture of service and philanthropy in their community. Quite an amazing way to accomplish two extraordinary goals in one.

The club’s founder showed amazing insight by recognizing the need for understanding and acceptance of children with disabilities and by seeking to accomplish this understanding through service. Service changes people. It opens their hearts in a way that few other activities can. Many would argue that there is no better way to bond with another person than to serve by their side. This is why completing service projects together is the perfect solution to uniting basic education and special education students.

A $100 grant from Start A Snowball enabled the purchase of supplies that the kids could use while participating in the projects around their school. After just one academic year, the Best Buddies program was a huge success at Connerton. A club that started with just ten students grew into multitudes. At the beginning of the second school year, the program had so many students wanting to be Buddies that they had to do quarter shifts in order to allow everyone to participate. The founding teacher remarked that the club’s popularity was more than the school could have hoped for. Best Buddies successfully united Connerton Elementary school with its special education students.

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Compassionate Young Chef Serves Dinner to Cancer Patients

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8 Year Old Encourages Cancer Patients With A Special Meal

By MJ Vieweg, Staff Writer

Eight-year-old Jack wanted to express compassion for cancer patients who are staying at Caring House in Durham, NC while receiving their treatment at the Duke Cancer Institute. “I wanted to help people who are sick,” he said. “My granddaddy lived at Caring House in 2013 when he was being treated for cancer.”

The $100 grant from Start A Snowball helped Jack purchase the ingredients for a special dinner for 35 Caring House guests and caregivers. Jack’s menu was pasta with chicken and pesto, a salad of feta cheese, strawberries and balsamic vinegar and brownies for dessert.

Jack’s project involved making the food and serving it. He also visited with the Caring House guests and caregivers during the meal. His own measure of success for the project was simple. He wanted ‘to make the people at Caring House feel happy.”

It seems that Jack’s project did just that, because Jack said after the meal people clapped and cheered.

There are kids like Jack all around the country that want to make a difference in their communities and help others. Read about other Start A Snowball grantees and the work they are doing to change the world. You can also Apply For A Grant to help a kid you know do good.