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State Honoree

Cori Goodwin

Virginia

Cori Goodwin, 14, of Leesburg, Va., an eighth-grader at Harper Park Middle School, started a fund-raising project that raised $680 to buy three farm animals for an impoverished family in a third-world country. "About a year ago, I began saving money that I was earning," said Cori. "I didn't know what I wanted to use the money for, but I knew I wanted to give it to someone who needed it." One day, a catalog from an international relief organization arrived at her door, and as she thumbed through its pages, Cori realized she had found her cause. "I realized that there are children starving in the streets and dying," she said. "My heart went out to them and I knew that I needed to do something to help them."

Cori loved the idea of providing farm animals to poor families to give them a source of both food and income. She decided to buy a cow, but had only $150 of the $500 she needed. So she prepared a slideshow presentation to get her school's WyldLife group involved. They group's members collected pocket change, recyclable ink cartridges and cell phones, and arranged a fund-raising event at a local ice cream shop. The nearly $700 they raised was enough to buy not only a cow, but a sheep and a goat as well. "This gift has long-term impact on a family and their community," said Cori. "It really is the gift that keeps on giving."