You are here

State Honoree

Jennifer Thornhill

Texas

founded “Tools for Schools,” a youth-run community service organization that has raised more than $11,000 to purchase school supplies for 380 underprivileged children in her community. After spending several summers volunteering with the Waxahachie Boys and Girls Club, Jennifer decided she wanted to help the children she met succeed in school. Most of the kids were from low-income families who couldn’t afford the $35-$55 required list of school supplies. Jennifer designed a “Tools for Schools” brochure, which she and her peer advisory board then distributed to more than 200 local businesses, civic groups and individuals. Jennifer contacted the city newspaper and radio station for publicity, then gave speeches about “Tools for Schools” at area churches and clubs. Staff members at both the Boys and Girls Club and the Salvation Army developed a list of needy children. “By raising money and the publicity of “Tools for Schools,” we were able to buy full supply packages for all of the families who applied and all the Boys and Girls Club kids,” said Jennifer. “It is so important for children to know that they are special, loved, and worthy.”