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State Honoree

Kimberly Greenwood

New Hampshire

Kimberly Greenwood, 13, of Greenland, N.H., a seventh-grader at St. Patrick School in Portsmouth, organized a school “Hunger Awareness Week” to educate students and raise funds to help feed needy people. Inspired by conversations with her Builders Club advisor plus a series of reports and movies about global hunger, Kimberly decided to volunteer. Planning a weeklong series of fundraisers and events that would hold the attention of middle school students took a lot of effort. “I also had to come up with activities that would get people to have fun while learning about hunger at the same time,” Kimberly said. She conducted a collection drive that yielded 1,269 cans of donated food for a local food pantry. A raffle, food fast, bake sale, and “dress-down pass sale” (allowing purchasers to wear everyday clothes instead of their school uniform for one day) brought in more than $750 for local and international charities. Kimberly also made an impact on her fellow students with creative ideas like weighing wasted cafeteria food. “It was an uplifting experience to know that I was helping other people by leading this activity,” Kimberly said. “It gave me a whole new respect for what I have in life.”