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State Honoree

Gloria Cheung

Florida

Gloria Cheung, 12, of Gainesville, Fla., a member of the Volunteer Center of Alachua County and a seventh-grader at Howard W. Bishop Middle School, created a teen-run summer day camp designed to develop young children’s interest in reading, art and music. Having won awards for her reading ability, piano playing and drawing skills, Gloria wanted to share her talents with others – especially children in need of a helping hand. After researching ways to create a summer program, Gloria contacted public officials for advice and assistance. She designed a logo; produced a promotional flyer; wrote lesson plans for art, reading, and piano classes; found classroom space; recruited teen and adult volunteers; and then sent letters to prospective students and their parents. A local toy company donated art supplies after reading about Gloria’s project in the newspaper. Twenty-one children graduated from Gloria’s first two-week summer camp, and she hopes to repeat the experience every year. “I would like to tell other young people to set their own goals, try your best to achieve, be a leader, a creative thinker and a problem solver,” Gloria said.